• Lawmakers pass bill giving surplus computers to students 

    Legislation to provide surplus computers to students from low-income homes has passed the General Assembly. Republican Sens. Jeff Tarte, R-Mecklenburg; Andrew Brock, R-Davie; and Ralph Hise, R-Mitchell; sponsored Senate Bill 312. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee on Information Technology, sponsored a similar version of the bill…

  • Summer reading: It schools the mind

    Languid summer days are near at hand. For students finishing the traditional academic year, time — free and fallow — beckons. But as days slip into weeks and months, something else accrues alongside rest and refreshment: a skills drop-off that erodes learning gains. Low-income students are most at risk. Unlike…

  • Degrees of Public Support

    UNC tuition ought to go up dramatically, but won't that be unpopular? A careful reading of opinion polls suggests that while voters favor university aid, they prefer work-study and tax breaks to the kind of direct grants the UNC system gets.