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Common Core Supporters Lack a Case Against It

Common Core Supporters Lack a Case Against It

At a recent meeting of the government relations committee meeting for the Wake County School Board, school board member Jim Martin called current legislative efforts to correct Common Core problems “very much a political overreach.” According to news reports, Martin then fired this shot: “It’s not clear that the folks…

Legislative Session Addresses More than Teacher Pay

Legislative Session Addresses More than Teacher Pay

Much of the policy debate over education these days has been dominated by teacher pay. While how and how much we pay our teachers are important concerns, teacher pay has crowded out a variety of other important issues. In the interests of equal time, here are a few education topics…

What Newspapers Won’t Say about Anti-Election Reform Lawyers

What Newspapers Won’t Say about Anti-Election Reform Lawyers

Much has been written about the attorneys the Governor and the legislative leaders have hired to defend the Voter Information Verification Act (VIVA) against lawsuits brought by the NC-NAACP, the ACLU and the U.S. Justice Department. In contrast, to date, there have been no stories spotlighting the army of attorneys…

Frankenstein Bill Rises from Grave, Revokes Boone Jurisdiction Rights, Ignites Controversy.

Frankenstein Bill Rises from Grave, Revokes Boone Jurisdiction Rights, Ignites Controversy.

According to a new bill passed into law on Wednesday, the western NC city of Boone will lose its rights of extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), seriously limiting the power the city has on residents outside city limits. The bill in question (SB865) passed a House vote 65-47, and the Senate 35-14.…

NC’s Real Teacher Pay Gap: Between Rank-and-File and NCAE Executives

NC’s Real Teacher Pay Gap: Between Rank-and-File and NCAE Executives

As the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) holds its “School’s Out” rally, the Civitas Institute puts the spotlight on the gulf between teacher’s salaries and NCAE executives’ salaries. Using the latest figures* from 2012, the most recent available, the average salary of NCAE executives was $180,231, compared to a…

Did Reform Discourage Voters? Check Out Vote Tracker to See

Did Reform Discourage Voters? Check Out Vote Tracker to See

Vote Tracker has been updated with Election Day votes. Take a look at the updated ncvotetracker.com to see who turned out for May’s Primary Election. Using ncvotetracker.com you will be able to break down the vote by the method of voting utilized – absentee (one-stop and by-mail), Election Day, provisional,…

I-77 HOT Lanes: A Bargain or a $400M Gamble?

I-77 HOT Lanes: A Bargain or a $400M Gamble?

A new “public-private partnership” in North Carolina appears to put hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars at risk while guaranteeing profit for a company that has run into trouble in other states.

Report Highlights State Efficiency Efforts

Report Highlights State Efficiency Efforts

A new interim report released Monday introduces a new state government efficiency initiative in the governor’s budget office and highlights several measures already undertaken by state agencies to improve effectiveness.

The N&O’s Latest Common Core Delusion

The N&O’s Latest Common Core Delusion

The News and Observer has come up with another delusion about Common Core State Standards: that the only explanation for opposition to the standards “is that [NC] GOP leaders are being led around by tea party extremists.” That’s the claim News & Observer editors made in a recent editorial. Blaming…

Union Boss: ‘Veterans Get Better Health Care Because of the Unions’

Union Boss: ‘Veterans Get Better Health Care Because of the Unions’

There is nothing moral about the way military veterans are treated by the VA - unless you are a government union boss.

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