Rigging academia

Rigging academia

ShareFor years conservatives have complained that liberals are controlling our colleges and universities, especially public ones, and squashing academic freedom. Now, it turns out that private donors are using their money to exert influence over the administration of...
Separate but equal redux

Separate but equal redux

ShareNorth Carolina is back in the news for GOP attempts to reverse the progress that the state has made over the past 50 years. This time, a Bloomberg article highlights attempts to re-segregate our public schools. The GOP is considering ways to breakup county-wide...
Like a Wall Street banker

Like a Wall Street banker

ShareI don’t often agree with former Raleigh mayor Tom Fetzer but his take on the $95,000 bonus paid to UNC President Margaret Spellings was spot on. “At a base salary of $775,000,” Fetzer said, “I think the tax paying citizens of North Carolina ought to be able...
A lot of bad choices

A lot of bad choices

ShareThe North Carolina legislature is supposed to be a part-time body, but you wouldn’t know that by the number of special sessions we’ve had. Every time legislators come back to Raleigh, there are rumors and speculation about what they’ll do. This time, the GOP is...
The Pearsall Plan revisited

The Pearsall Plan revisited

ShareIn the wake of the Brown v. the Board of Education decision in 1954 that ruled segregated schools are unconstitutional, Southern states started looking for ways around the decision. In North Carolina, our government came up with the Pearsall Plan. The plan would...

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