North Carolina won a $400 million federal Race to the Top grant in 2010 to help struggling schools improve. But the effort has not been a big success, and student suspensions have risen, according to analysis by public policy professor Helen Ladd and a colleague from Northwestern.
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In the hushed silence of the remodeled David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the chaos and vitriol of political campaigns past come alive. Campaign memorabilia, memos and flyers dating back to 1840 -- including some from the Whig and Know-Nothing parties -- are among the more than 3,000 items in this diverse collection assembled by library staff.
Duke President Richard Brodhead and Sanford School of Public Policy Associate Dean Fritz Mayer back an effort aimed at getting liberals and conservatives together to find common ground in North Carolina.
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Political scientist David Rohde says a federal court decision could inspire optimism that redistricting reform is at hand.
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Even though the state is purple now, that will surely change as we get closer to November. "(Voters’) attitudes and choices that they express now, may not be a very good guide to what they'll do in November," says political scientist David Rohde.
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