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August 29, 2016

North Carolina has embarked on education reform with a program that offers low-income parents as much as $4,200 a year for private school tuition.

The three-year-old program, dubbed Opportunity Scholarships, is being dramatically expanded by the General Assembly, with $69 million budgeted for 2016-…


Joy Hall: A bedrock connection between the Earth and the Moon

August 29, 2016

I stand on the Canadian Shield.

It’s hot in Greenville in August. It’s not in Canada. The Canadian Shield is just right!

The Canadian Shield isn’t just coolness. It is stability. It is solidity. It is solace. In a crazy world, the Canadian Shield is a rock.

Even in an uncrazy…


Nelson: Voting encouraged by county elections board plan

August 28, 2016

On June 29, 2010 the Pitt County Board of Elections met to implement a One-Stop early voting plan for the upcoming November election. I knew that my two fellow board members were going to propose a plan that included Sunday voting. I had stated my opposition to this two years earlier on several…


Hayes: ECU College of Education has strong economic value

August 28, 2016

As a new school year begins, East Carolina University’s College of Education salutes the teachers, counselors, media coordinators, special education professionals, principals and administrators that are vital to student success.

Our college has been preparing the state’s education…