Pay reform meets student needs

Critics of the Republican-led General Assembly allege that the teacher pay raise included in this year’s state budget could have been implemented in a much simpler fashion: by giving across-the-board hikes to all rather than giving large raises to early-career teachers and...

Has Iraq become a four-letter word?

By John Turner What is your initial reaction when you hear the word Iraq? For most Americans, it probably carries a host of negative connotations. For me, as an Iraq War veteran, it’s a reminder of the 16 months I spent there trying to implement a policy the leaders of my country...

Waging a war on social science

Despite all the talk of a “war on science” being waged by political conservatives and Republican politicians — to match their supposed wars on women, men, the young and the old, no doubt — North Carolina now features a shrill and relentless rhetorical war on social science by...

Set higher standard for N.C.

Think that the quality of political debate is low and declining? I agree. For a recent, telling example of the problem, consider the debate about North Carolina’s participation in Common Core. Some years ago, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State...

Strong copyright law supports journalism, informed communities

By Caroline Little Every day, city hall reporters at local newspapers distill hours of city council meetings into cogent stories that inform readers about how their elected officials are spending their tax dollars. Sports reporters document the successes of the high school team....
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Good government is open government

As far as theory goes, North Carolina is a pretty open state when it comes to disclosure of public records and keeping public meetings open to the public. Our state attorney general, Roy Cooper, has stated, “The policy of the state … is to allow public access to the activities of...

Response time is critical

T he shine on the U.S. 401 bypass around Rolesville has dimmed more than little as the project has faced delay after frustrating delay. It is now not anticipated to open before fall, a year after it was originally supposed to. But more than that, some troubling news came to light...

Taking my brown thumb to a garden party

This is the time of the year when my flower beds start showing their true state of neglect as a sea of high brown grass (and not the ornamental kind from the nursery) undulates in the sun. The daffodils beat the weeds and looked lovely. The irises and peonies bloomed tall and...

Press association award goes to Marilyn Avila

Guest editorial by Beth Grace and Jessica Kennedy N.C. Press Association N.C. Rep. Marilyn Avila has been chosen to receive the prestigious North Carolina Press Association’s (NCPA) Lassiter Award to honor her strong and courageous battle to keep government open to the people....

Happy New Year?

In addition to most everyone reading (or writing) this column seeing health insurance go up 30 to 70 to 100 percent (or more) under the Affordable Care Act, finding their state income tax barely go down a few percentage points (if that), utility rates go up and the loss of the...

Why we do what we do: A statement of principle

The Wake Weekly newspaper has rolled off the presses and into readers’ hands since 1947. While this process has changed quite a bit in the past half-century — along with the look of our paper — our guiding principles haven’t. As we launch into our 66th year, we again want to...

Common Core English Standards: More Problems than Promise

by Bob Luebke On June 2, 2010, the N.C. State Board of Education adopted the Common Core math and English Language Arts standards. Opinion regarding the quality of the English Language Arts (ELA) standards appears divided. The pro-Common Core Fordham Foundation found the ELA...