Opinion

Letters to the Editor

May 28 letters: Schools, lawmakers should widen door to gifted programs

Regarding the May 21 news article “Smart, low-income students excluded from gifted classes”: The ‘Counted Out’ series on the difficulties that lower-income children and their families have in accessing higher level or “gifted” classes is important. I’ve long wondered if there is a larger systemic approach to tracking and reporting such data. Clearly, there is much to learn. This is a good beginning to this conversation. I’m looking to hear more from our state leaders on the political (funding) side and the academic (education) side about how North Carolina schools and communities can work to change the status quo.

Op-Ed

Integration of Muslims is key to avoiding more deadly attacks

The suicide bombing in Manchester on Monday was a sickening reminder that the West still lives under the threat of terrorism. And the claim of responsibility that followed was chilling confirmation that the Islamic State has ordered adherents outside the Middle East to carry out attacks in their own countries.

Letters to the Editor

Counselors, educators must reach out to low-income students

Regarding the May 23 news article “5 ways to boost bright low-income students”: School counselors are well positioned to play an important role in helping all qualified students receive the necessary educational instruction for access to higher education opportunities. To discover students who may be overlooked requires proactive behaviors. Large student-to-counselor ratios force counselors to devote much of their time to reactive behaviors, leaving little time left for actively discovering inequities in student course placements.

Videos

Community Voices panel: ‘It’s time to be a feminist’

Panelist Ashley Popio speaks about the recent Women's March On Raleigh during a The News & Observer and ABC11 WTVD's Community Voices panel discussion, Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on N.C. State’s Bicentennial Campus in Raleigh. Panelists from left include organizers Carly Jones, Ashley Popio, La-Mine Perkins and Shana Becker.
Community Voices panel: ‘It’s time to be a feminist’ 1:01

Community Voices panel: ‘It’s time to be a feminist’

Community Voices panel: Using privilege to lift up barriers 1:42

Community Voices panel: Using privilege to lift up barriers

Community Voices panel: ‘Not women’s issues, they’re human issues’ 1:55

Community Voices panel: ‘Not women’s issues, they’re human issues’

Community Voices panel: ‘Women aren’t a monolith’ 2:32

Community Voices panel: ‘Women aren’t a monolith’