Rethinking America’s College Savings Programs

Stanford Social Innovation Review, Tuesday, July 10, 2018
The future of college savings Instead of relying on individual programs or behavioral nudges, we propose using behavioral insights to build better college savings mechanisms from the ground up. Rather than implementing small tweaks to existing frameworks, we can apply effective savings... Read More »

Guaranteed jobs for all? Be skeptical

The Post and Courier, Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Two ideas have emerged among the energized socialist wing of the Democratic Party in response to inequality, wage stagnation, poverty and unemployment. One is a federal guarantee of a job, while the other is a pledge for each person to receive a minimum cash payment from the government, an idea... Read More »


Electronic Urban Report , Saturday, July 7, 2018
*At first glance, the recently published article by CNN entitled “Black Men Are Succeeding In America”, sounds like a positive statement about the racial progress of America. Who does not want to hear that black males are progressing in a country that has so clearly made their advancement... Read More »

Educators attend state institute on gifted education

The Stanly News & Press, Friday, July 6, 2018
Angie Schaffe, Amy Cord, Pam Hyatt, Kathy Haynes represented Stanly County at 2018 NCAGT Institute on “Pulling Together: Reaching All Gifted Learners.” Throughout the institute, participants had a chance to spend time exploring the social and emotional needs, effective identification practices... Read More »

What Is A Federal Jobs Guarantee?

Huffington Post, Friday, July 6, 2018
How much would it cost?  It depends on which version you look at ― and costs would obviously fluctuate based on participation ― but whichever way you cut it, the figures are high. The Levy plan would come in at around $378 billion a year in the first five years, rising to $415... Read More »


BBN Times, Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Black-white gaps in income and in wealth have been fearsomely persistent over time. Here, I'll mention some main themes from two studies, one focused on income differentials and one on wealth differentials. On the topic of income differentials, Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, Maggie R. Jones... Read More »

Radical Democrats Are Pretty Reasonable

New York Times, Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Now, there’s a huge amount of evidence to the effect that minimum wage hikes don’t significantly reduce employment. To be fair, however, $15 is outside the range of historical experience, and you can make a plausible case that in low-productivity regions like much of the south there would be some... Read More »

Was James Baldwin right when he called white Americans moral monsters?

Courier Journal, Wednesday, June 27, 2018
To be sure, no matter how sensibly and dispassionately one approaches the subject, many whites immediately paint them as angry black people, [reverse] racists, or maniacs. Despite that, while far too many cower and equivocate, other brave Americans continue to raise the issue in the public sphere.... Read More »

Eleven Selected for B.N. Duke Scholarships

Duke Today, Thursday, June 21, 2018
“As an alumnus of the B.N. Duke program, I can speak directly to its ability to foster a lifelong commitment to the Carolinas,” said Adam Hollowell, senior research associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke and the faculty director of the Benjamin N. Duke Scholarship... Read More »

Some demonstrators arrested during final Poor People's Campaign rally

Spectrum News - Central NC, Tuesday, June 19, 2018
"Ten years before Roosevelt, Huey Long's 1934 'Share Our Wealth' plan declared that the U.S. should use public works to ensure everyone is employed. And after Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr. demanded immediate employment for everyone in need of a job," said Duke University Professor William... Read More »