State’s public schools accelerating into 2018

State’s public schools accelerating into 2018

Before race drivers start a race, teams fine-tune cars to ensure ultimate performance. At your N.C. Department of Public Instruction, my team and I ha...

December 26th, 2017 |  


Tax Reform Merits Two CheersDecember 20, 2017By JOHN HOODRALEIGH — There’s a valid argument against federal tax reform — an argument...

December 26th, 2017 |  


Christmas memories and red-eye gravy

Christmas memories and red-eye gravy

As you get older memories become more selective. It’s really kind of interesting what you remember, what stands out in your past. This is especi...

December 23rd, 2017 |  


The gentle hush of the season

Christmas.You finally made it didn’t you? Here it is almost Christmas, 2013, and you survived all the sales and parades, all the hoopla and glit...

December 22nd, 2017 |  


Diaries of Christmases of yesteryear

The longer one lives the higher the tower from which the Christmas bells ring; the sweeter the angels sing and the brighter the Star of Bethlehem shin...

December 21st, 2017 |  


It’s too hard to fly right

It’s too hard to fly right

Public safety is the first and foremost responsibility of government. North Carolinians want their public officials to do what is required — pas...

December 19th, 2017 |  


Fake news or good news?

Fake news or good news?

I’m tired of fake news. Actually, I’m tired of the term, “fake news.”Today, they call it “fake news.” In the past,...

December 16th, 2017 |  


Christmas gains aren’t a loss

Christmas gains aren’t a loss

Among the pagan-inspired customs of the Christmas season now appears to be the ritualistic burning of the straw man. Specifically, I refer to the trad...

December 15th, 2017 |  


It’s not as bad as Charlotte

It’s not as bad as Charlotte

Terri and I were driving out of Charlotte last Friday night on U.S. 74 East. We were heading home from Charlotte toward Monroe, after visiting friends...

December 9th, 2017 |  


Parents count when judging schools

Parents count when judging schools

If students in charter schools perform no better on standardized tests, all other things being held equal, than their peers in district-run public sch...

November 28th, 2017 |