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Report says upward mobility is worse in NC than in US — The News & Observer

Like many studies, the MDC report concludes that education beyond high school is an economic imperative. Only 5 percent of North Carolinians with a college degree live in poverty, compared with 31 percent of those with only a high school education. But, the report contends, education is not enough. Young people need to find connections to jobs that pay well.

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Why Upperclassmen Lose Financial Aid — The New York Times

A few weeks before Ashley Hurst was supposed to commit to college, an email arrived that she thought would change her life. An honors graduate from a magnet high school, Ms. Hurst had been accepted into several colleges with a few good financial aid offers. But they included about $8,000 in loans, and she was dead set against borrowing any money. She kept hoping to snag a free ride somewhere at the last minute.
Then came the message from North Carolina Central University, a historically black college: It would be interested in giving her a full scholarship to study pharmaceutical sciences, a relatively new program aimed at helping students move into biotechnology jobs.

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Editorial: Ross firing, continued — The News & Observer

In hindsight, once Republicans now in charge of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors had decided to fire President Tom Ross in what has become a long-running embarrassment to the state’s university system, they simply could have announced, “The president has been associated with Democrats, and we’re Republicans, and so we’re firing him, and we could care less what people think.”

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Lawyer: Yale basketball case shows the difficulty of campus sexual assault investigations — The Washington Post

Montague’s case is particularly emotionally charged, given his very public role on campus and the team, but allegations of sexual misconduct are common at campuses across the country, with university officials facing the difficult task of determining the truth in often-complicated situations. Shanlon Wu, a former federal sex crimes prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice who is now in private practice with a focus on student defense, offers his opinion on the issue.

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