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Hungry children in rich America
Friday, February 5, 2016
Sarah is 3 years old. She and her 6-year-old brother, Bryce, are inseparable except when it's time for him to visit the summer food program that provides meals at a school near his Ohio home for children who otherwise would go hungry. Sarah's too young to make the trip. One morning after Bryce had his fill of food for the day, he made a detour before
Low-income students need more support
Friday, February 5, 2016
The public rationale for many of the efforts to dismantle traditional public education with various privatization schemes almost always includes the claim that it is all about helping students do better, most often low-income and minority kids. Supporters of the sketchy North Carolina voucher program say that often, that it’s all about helping poor
The portentous demise of a King
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
I attended many Dr. Martin Luther King celebrations this year and was struck by two distinctly ominous realities. The first was that none of those services had standing room only, unless another activity was connected to the celebration. The second was that speakers used the event to talk about everything except an in-depth review of Dr. King, which the
Unrepresented by our representatives
Friday, January 29, 2016
Does it really matter who wins the presidency? How can it matter to black folks, considering the way we “play” politics? We have no power, no leverage, and little or no influence in the political arena, and, even worse, it seems we are reluctant to do what it takes to gain any political clout. So why do we care so much about the upcoming
North Carolina leading the parent education revolution
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
As our nation celebrates National School Choice Week across all 50 states at over 16,500 events, it’s important to understand North Carolina isn’t simply a member of the band in this school choice trend, but is the drum major leading others in a growing, national parent revolution. Though we can appreciate that the majority of children are
Letter to editor: Keep abortion legal
Monday, January 25, 2016
On the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, reproductive rights remain under persistent attack. Anti-abortion forces continue to devise new ways to challenge existing abortion laws and restrict access. A torrent of abortion restriction legislation around the country has resulted. Meanwhile, public support for abortion rights continues to climb. I
Obama’s remarkably productive seven years
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Sometimes, the emotions run so high that it’s hard to talk sense about Barack Obama. When the president was first elected in Nov. 2008, many of his supporters (and even nonpartisans) viewed him as a potential national savior. Here was a clearly brilliant man of remarkable skills and commitment who, at the relatively tender age of 47, had shattered a
Keeping the faith for black males
Thursday, January 14, 2016
The year 2015 was challenging for African-American males. We were shot, killed and seriously injured at record rates, according to some reports. There were national cases that caught our attention. The relationship between black men and the police has soured to a point where we must be careful and cautious about our every move. Many black men like me have

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Hungry children in rich America

Sarah is 3 years old. She and her 6-year-old brother, Bryce, are inseparable except when it's

Low-income students need more support

The public rationale for many of the efforts to dismantle traditional public education with