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Race, gender barriers still harm black girls
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Deep-rooted racial and gender bias and stereotypes is keeping black girls behind on almost every measure of academic achievement. That is the latest finding of the report “Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity” released last week by the National Women's Law Center and the NAACP Legal Defense
 
Court blocks parts of new NC voting law
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
RALEIGH – A federal appeals court panel is ordering parts of North Carolina's strict new voting law set aside for next month's elections because it is likely to disenfranchise black voters. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals split 2-1 on Wednesday. The court says same-day registration should be allowed and ballots cast outside a voter's assigned
 
Obama: Letís finish the unfinished work
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
WASHINGTON – Though the U.S. has made tremendous progress since the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, there is plenty of unfinished work to be done in order to make the nation a more perfect union, President Barack Obama says. “Our high school graduation rate is at a record high, the dropout rate is falling; more young people
 
Time to worry about voter IDs? Opinions differ
Thursday, September 25, 2014
You don't need an ID to vote in the 2014 election, but the State Board of Elections has begun offering free voter IDs in preparation for laws taking effect in 2016. House Bill 589 will require all North Carolina voters to show picture identification to vote beginning in 2016. “We don’t want to confuse people,” State Board Public
 
Common Core review commission holds first meeting
Thursday, September 25, 2014
A North Carolina commission tasked with reviewing and replacing the Common Core State Standards met for the first time Monday to determine first steps and elect two co-chairs, one being Gov. Pat McCrory-appointed IBM Executive Andre Peek. “I am a supporter of Common Core, and I have been since its inception,” Peek told N.C. Policy Watch.
 
Colleges leave poor students to taxpayers as they woo rich
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
In what it calls “an elaborate shell game,” universities and colleges are shifting their financial aid from low-income students to high-income ones to bolster their prestige and raise them up the rankings, a new report says. Meanwhile, according to the report by the nonprofit, nonpartisan New America Foundation, universities are leaving their
 
Ex-prosecutor: McCrory would be 'fool' to pardon 2
Monday, September 22, 2014
RALEIGH – The former prosecutor who originally tried two men recently freed by DNA evidence after 30 years in prison says Gov. Pat McCrory would be a "damn fool" to consider pardoning them. "He needs to get some investigators ... down here, quietly, investigating and talking to people," former Robeson County District Attorney Joe Freeman Britt told
 
Central Park Five get money, but no apology
Thursday, September 18, 2014
“It is all overwhelming and bittersweet,” Yusef Salaam told the Amsterdam News. The men, known as the Central Park Five, now will get their $41 million from New York City for their wrongful convictions. Mayor Michael Bloomberg seemed determined that the boys-to-men, wrongfully convicted and then exonerated, would get no compensation under his
 
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NCCU alumnus next Winston-Salem State chancellor

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