Dear friends, The difference between Democrats and Republicans is sometimes phrased as a difference between two core values: equality and liberty. They tell us that Republicans want lower taxes, because “lower taxes” and a “small government?” make people “more free,” while Democrats “want” higher taxes to “equal things out.” The events of the last few… Continue reading Are equality and freedom really at odds? The values of a Democrat, and the week ahead for Duke Dems
At 1:17 a.m., in what Governor Perdue called an “unprecedented, unconstitutional power grab,” House Republicans used a surprise, late-night congressional session to override Perdue’s veto of SB727, which stops the North Carolina Association of Educators from collecting dues from teachers’ paychecks via payroll deduction. Not surprisingly, the NCAE has been vocal in our state against the… Continue reading In the Dead of the Night: How NC Republicans Used Deception to Hurt Our Teachers
Kevin Hill is a long-time educator (high school teacher, assistant principal, principal, and professor of education at NC State) who is running for re-election for Wake County Board of Elections this November 8th. What hangs in the balance? The fate of 143,289 students. In 2009, multimillionaire retailer Art Pope and the infamous Civitas Action (his… Continue reading Duke students concerned about corporate influence in politics should support Kevin Hill
Unless you’re a bankruptcy lawyer, a repoman, or you had a large amount of money bundled up in credit default swaps, you have probably been hurt by the recession, but it’s time for us to stop pretending that everyone has been hurt equally. Instead up stepping up and asking how we can share in sacrifices,… Continue reading Let’s not pretend that everyone is suffering equally
HB744, the Safe Schools Act, will be heard in the NC Education Committee This Tuesday May 31st. As explained by Michelle Lozano Villegas, Co-President of Duke Students for Humane Borders, “The bill looks to ban all undocumented students from K-12 schools in the state by giving Principals the authority to act like ICE Agents, by… Continue reading ICE Agents in NC K-12 Schools?
Next Tuesday, the NC General Assembly Committee on Education will debate House Bill 466, which would require that 65% of state funding for education be used on “classroom instruction.” I’m providing a link to the bill, but for now, at 15 lines, its still poorly defined–it doesn’t, for example, say exactly what is and is… Continue reading Rep. Blust: Don’t add even more bureaucracy to NC education
A relatively interesting article about community health efforts in Philadelphia, but I can’t help but wonder: what noise do the carrots on Old McDonald’s farm make? The gym teacher, Beverly Griffin, teaches healthy eating using a toy model of the federal food pyramid and rewritten children’s songs. “And on his farm he had some carrots,”… Continue reading What noise do carrots make?