Senate President Praises Cooper For Signing "Excellent Public Schools Act" PDF Print E-mail
By Donna Martinez   
Tuesday, 20 July 2021 10:13
Raleigh, N.C. – Sen. Phil Berger released the following statement on Gov. Roy Cooper signing the "Excellent Public Schools Act of 2021" into law. 


“I want to thank Gov. Cooper for signing the ‘Excellent Public Schools Act’ into law. We have a shared priority of ensuring our students are proficient in reading by the end of the third grade, and I believe this will move us closer to that goal. All of our students, but especially those who are struggling to read, will benefit from the improved literacy instruction and interventions.” 
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Duke Law Honors Former Massachusetts Chief Justice PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 July 2021 10:05
Margaret H. Marshall, a lifelong advocate for equality, justice, and the rule of law, will receive the 2021 Bolch Prize for the Rule of Law from Duke University School of Law.
 Marshall helped organize student protests against apartheid as a young woman in her native South Africa before emigrating to the United States and embarking on a career as a lawyer, later becoming the first woman chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Her opinion in the groundbreaking decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health in 2003, which held that the Massachusetts Constitution prohibits the state from denying same-sex couples access to civil marriage, made the state the first to legalize gay marriage and laid the groundwork for a sea change in attitudes and law across the United States.
Acclaimed Editor Joins Duke's Journalism Faculty PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 July 2021 10:01

Stephen Buckley, a veteran editor and educator who worked at The Washington Post, Tampa Bay Times and the Poynter Institute, will begin teaching journalism and public policy July 1 at Duke University.

Buckley joins New York Times columnist Frank Bruni as one of two Eugene C. Patterson Professors of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

Both will join the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, Duke’s hub for journalism education in the Sanford School.

Buckley, a 1989 Duke graduate in political science, has had a wide-ranging career as a local reporter, foreign correspondent, editor and journalism educator. 

Buckley has a unique connection with Patterson, a former editor and important voice in the American civil rights movement. As editor of the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), Patterson allowed Buckley to work as a sportswriter while still in high school. When Buckley returned to the Times as a reporter and then rose to become a senior editor, Patterson, then the editor emeritus of the paper, continued to be an important mentor. 

“It’s really humbling to be able to play a small part in extending Gene Patterson’s legacy,” said Buckley. “It’ll be a thrill to pass along the journalistic values he exemplified – integrity, independence, intellectual honesty, humility, compassion and courage – to this generation of students as they prepare to help defend our fragile democracy. And to do it at my alma mater, no less, feels like a wonderful gift.”

“I am thrilled Stephen is returning to Duke and joining our faculty at the Sanford School of Public Policy,” said Sanford School Dean Judith Kelley. “His connection to Eugene Patterson since his early journalism career brings the endowment full circle, passing on a torch of leadership. Stephen will bring our students a valuable international perspective, one of the hallmarks of the Sanford and Duke experience that he will foster even more. With his global journalism experience and leadership, he will help train future journalists at Duke to go into the world and make a difference.”

Bill Adair, director of the DeWitt Wallace Center, witnessed Buckley’s journalism skills first-hand.

“I had the great fortune of working with Stephen when he was an editor at the Tampa Bay Times,” Adair said. “He was one of the smartest editors I’ve known.”

After graduating from Duke, Buckley began his career as a local reporter for The Post in Washington, D.C., and suburban Maryland. He covered education, courts and the night police beat and then became a foreign correspondent, initially as the Post’s Africa bureau chief and then the paper’s first correspondent based in Brazil.

He returned to St. Petersburg in 2001 as a national reporter for the Times and then became an editor in charge of national and international coverage before being promoted to managing editor and then publisher of, the paper’s digital site.

He moved to the Poynter Institute in 2010 as dean of the faculty. In 2015, Buckley moved to Kenya, where he taught at The Aga Khan University before joining Global Press Journal.

The Patterson Chair, endowed by a gift from the Poynter Fund(now the Tampa Bay Times Fund), is named in honor of the former editor-in-chief and chief executive officer of The St. Petersburg Times, whose earlier work as editor of the Atlanta Constitution (now The Atlanta-Journal Constitution) set a benchmark for coverage of the civil rights movement.

Patterson also served three years as managing editor at The Washington Post. He taught at Duke in the public policy program from 1971 to 1972, served on the university’s board of trustees from 1988 to 1994 and holds an honorary doctorate from Duke, awarded in 1978.

When the Patterson professorship was established at Duke in 1998, it was jointly held by Susan Tifft and Alex S. Jones until Jones departed in 2000 to become the director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University.

Elizabeth City State University, Named Best Bet For Veterans PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 June 2021 16:37

Military veterans and current service members are a priority at Elizabeth City State University, so when the Military Times set out to rank the Best Bet for Vets schools, it should come as no surprise that ECSU is once again a Best Bet for Vets institution.

According to the Military Times, universities across the country were asked to fill out “a rigorous survey” that included 150 questions. The aim of those questions was to understand the nature of the institution’s operations involving current and former service members and their families.

Military Times evaluated the responses of 500 universities; ECSU ranked 205th in the nation, and 48th in the Southeast. The survey factored in information from Veterans Affairs and the Defense Department, as well as information from the College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database. Institutions were evaluated based on university culture, academic quality, student support, academic policies, and cost and financial aid.

ECSU stepped up to actively work with military veterans, and active service members and their families with the opening of its Military and Veterans Affairs Center in 2018. According to center director, Tim Freeman, the mission of the center is to serve the men and women who have served the nation.

“We make sure that they have what they need when they come to ECSU,” said Mr. Freeman.

The Military and Veterans Affairs Center is located in Griffin Hall with the Office of Student Affairs. Mr. Freeman says because of its location, and the support of Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Dr. Gary Brown, the university is able to provide quality assistance to service members.

The center provides military veterans and active duty members with a variety of resources that extend beyond assistance with university matters. Mr. Freeman says that at the center, veterans are able to find resources to assist them with benefits that include medical aid, financial aid, academic assistance and a food pantry.

“We have a supportive staff that’s dedicated to working with our service members,” says Mr. Freeman.

ECSU signed a memorandum of agreement with the U.S. Coast Guard in 2019 that brings the two organizations together to better educate future Coast Guard leaders. The purpose of the memorandum is to strengthen the relationship between ECSU and the Coast Guard, offering educational opportunities to service members.

One of those opportunities is the ability to continue receiving an education from ECSU online, an important factor in the life of a service member. Active duty students stationed in Elizabeth City can continue their ECSU education online once they are transferred to a new duty station.

Freeman says ECSU’s ranking received from the Military Times reflects those services. Many of the service members enrolled at ECSU, says Mr. Freeman, are taking courses online.

“They get all the help they need to reach those goals,” says Mr. Freeman of the services provided by ECSU.

For 10 years, Military Times has conducted what it says is an extensive, editorially independent, objective study evaluating the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.


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