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School choice can help solve the student behavior crisis in NC schools

On Monday, a 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death and another was hospitalized after a brawl at Southeast Raleigh High School. The situation was complicated, with the family of the 14-year-old boy charged with the crimes saying that he had been targeted for violence by those he stabbed. A video of the incident circulated widely...

David Larson

‘The Holdovers’ review: An early Christmas gift

One scene in director Alexander Payne’s latest movie, “The Holdovers,” epitomizes the entire film. On Christmas morning, Paul Hunham (Paul Giamatti), the usually cantankerous classics teacher at a New England boarding school in the early 1970s, summons rebellious student Angus Tully (Dominic Sessa) and grieving cafeteria lady Mary Lamb (Da’Vine Joy Randolph) to the mess...

Grant Lefelar

Political bullying or ‘procedural issues’? You make the call.

In recent times, the North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) has displayed a troubling pattern of using the claim of “procedural issues” to stifle certain views and groups in a way that looks an awful lot like bullying from behind an administrative cloud.   One such instance from recent days was the rejection of a Jewish...

Joshua Peters

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Now will Wake County Schools prioritize violence prevention?

This time of year, most people are getting ready to celebrate the Christmas holiday season. All the joys and happiness of family gatherings and celebrating a hopefully-better new year. Unfortunately, the Wake County family of a Southeast Raleigh High School student, Devin Ferrell, will not be celebrating this holiday season; they will instead be celebrating...

William Allen

Give peace a chance — on trade

Former President Donald Trump has proposed an across-the-board tariff tax of 10% on all imports. How would such an increase in protectionist central planning affect our economy? Barry Goodwin suspects it would be disastrous. A William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University, Goodwin wrote in a recent...

John Hood

Private schools need accountability too

The Parents’ Bill of Rights ushered in reasonable and necessary requirements for public schools to, among other things, ensure parental involvement. And now the stage is set for the NC Court of Appeals to protect parents’ rights in North Carolina’s private schools, as well.   With the recent expansion by the General Assembly of the Opportunity...

Doug Turpin