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Monday, February 1, 2016

The Morning Roundup: A big night in Iowa and a big day for voter rights in NC

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 8:56 AM

Happy Monday, everybody. Let’s get right to it:  1. So, fellow politics junkies, tonight’s the night. The first actual ballots cast in the 2016 presidential race (albeit in a weird and quirky caucus system that somehow favors both progressives and evangelicals and affords disproportionate power to white, rural and often very religious people).  As The New York Times opines this morning:  It’s easy to grouse about Iowa’s outsize role. It forces candidates who never stood in a cornfield to pay homage to farm subsidies of questionable merit. It skews Republicans’ stances to the evangelical right, and Democrats’ to the...

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Debra Goldman resigns from Wake school board

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM

The conservative voting bloc on Wake County's school board is fading fast. Debra Goldman confirmed to the News and Observer today that she is moving to Wilkes County and has submitted her resignation to the Board of Education. This could allow Democrats on the board to create a 7-2 majority, which would be more diversity-friendly and more likely to push for additional funding during budget season. According to the N&O's report, Goldman appears to have been automatically removed from the board when she changed her voter registration to Wilkes County. If that's true she won't be able to vote at...

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Wake forced to correct how it educates students on long-term suspension

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

The Wake County school system has officially conceded that it has to do a better job educating students with disabilities who receive long-term suspensions. Advocates for Children's Services lodged an official complaint against Wake in July of last year and Wake has come up with a corrective plan of action as part of a settlement agreement. Here's a partial account from Keung Hui's WakeEd blog: In this July complaint, Advocates for Children's Services and attorney Mark Trustin had charged that Wake was failing to provide an appropriate alternative education to five students who missed 10 or more days due to...

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Friday, January 11, 2013

David Crabtree's tepid interview of Tony Tata

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 12:47 PM

During WRAL anchor David Crabtree’s interview of newly appointed Transportation Secretary Tony Tata earlier this week, Crabtree seemed star struck. Crabtree scored an exclusive interview with the retired US Army general, who was fired as Wake County schools’ superintendent late last year. It was Tata’s first interview since the incident. But, rather than questioning Tata over the possible reasons he might have been fired, Crabtree sympathized with Tata about the dismissal. var width=576; var height=324; wral_insert_video_player_11955937(width, height); While Crabtree’s opinion lines up with popular sentiment, he failed to do his due diligence as a journalist by questioning Tata about such...

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