While the contracts are supposed to be for temporary or occasional work, nearly one-quarter of them were for one year or more of full-time work, some as much as three or four years in a row, according to the Program Evaluation Division report.
Joe Ableidinger: Three steps could go a long way to making A-F school grades in Norht Carolina a way to help our schools succeed, rather than simply identifying those that serve students from low-income families with no meaningful action or support behind it.
Mary Nelson: Having my fragile child sit at a desk for three hours trying to answer test questions would be abuse. Many states have official opt-out procedures that recognize the right of parents to make decisions in the best interests of their children. NC legislators must take similar action.
Charles Lane: Without market signals to help allocate resources, long waits and other patient frustrations are inevitable at VA facilities, no matter how sincerely, or how threateningly, Washington orders their elimination. It’s a Soviet-style structure, minus the coherence of the one-party state.
Gov. Pat McCrory’s displays of independence and defying the inclinations of his fellow Republicans in the General Assembly prompt us to wonder what’s to come, and what the consequences might be for the governor.
It seems that a lot of seniors are complaining that their large deductions for medical expenses have been abolished. Ask them who they voted for or whether they voted at all. If they voted Republican, then they got what they voted for. And they deserve the democracy they have.
I am a senior citizen who has lived in North Carolina for the past 46 years. After reviewing the N.C. tax code for 2014, I want to thank our “enlightened” state legislators for eliminating the medical deductions for North Carolina taxpayers. (This, in a year when our family incurred the expense of open-heart surgery and its incidental costs.)
Mary Kay Henry and Deepak Bhargava: A movement is building to get government to take bold action to create good jobs and guarantee decent wages and benefits for all who want to work. In cities and states throughout the nation, the energy of this movement is winning campaigns to increase minimum wages, allow people to earn paid sick days and paid leave and protect them from wage theft and abusive scheduling practices.
Nicholas Kristof: K-12 education is an exhausted, bloodsoaked battlefield. Let’s refocus some reformist passions on early childhood. There is mounting evidence that early childhood is a crucial period when the brain is most malleable, when interventions are most cost-effective for at-risk kids.
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