If I wanted to keep poor people poor, there are several government policies I would favor. For starters, I would advocate for a robust and ever-expanding welfare state. Programs like Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance, etc.? Perfect poverty traps. I would recognize that a perfect recipe for keeping poor people poor is to create incentives […]
This article originally published in the News & Observer After a spring and summer of growing public discontent over the Common Core State Standards and their effect, the General Assembly decided it was finally time to study the issue. In late summer, legislative leaders named a 16-member Legislative Research Commission Common Core Study Committee. Sen. […]
As the old saying goes, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” But some North Carolina professors have decided that they are neither goose nor gander. In a letter delivered to Gov. McCrory this week, university professors affiliated with a group called Scholars for North Carolina’s Future wrote: …we call on [Gov. […]
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Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services announced the Crisis Solutions Initiative, a new state effort aimed at addressing the failures of Gov. Easley’s 2001 mental health reforms. Following the announcement, the Civitas Institute called on the McCrory administration to get serious about severe mental illness. The first meeting of the Crisis Solutions […]
Imagine someone has killed your loved one, and despite the court telling you that the killer’s sentence is 12 years, you suddenly find out that the murderer is able to go home on weekends only nine years into the sentence. That nightmare is a reality for one family in North Carolina. A Wilmington family thought […]
Ten New Laws Passed in 2013 You Should Know About The 2013 North Carolina state legislative session was a memorable one. The passage of historic and long-overdue reforms to state taxes, election laws and education made headlines throughout the year. This article is not intended to recap those highly publicized laws, but rather is an […]
Such a conclusion reflects on the poor quality of standards nationally. Despite the improvement, however, scholars say ELA standards have significant shortcomings.
Day care prices across the nation have been rising at a dramatic clip for years. In many cases, the cost to parents for a toddler in day care is more expensive than sending their teen to a high-quality private high school. But salaries for professional childcare workers – the largest expense of running a day […]
When I met Rob Coffman last month, he shook my hand and introduced himself as “the evil and incompetent Rob Coffman.” I don’t think he meant the introduction to be funny and I didn’t laugh. There is little doubt that there are many people who might agree with the Forsyth County Board of Elections (BOE) […]
(The following oped was originally published in the News & Observer.) Many people know that Gov. Mike Easley’s 2001 mental health reform was a failure, but few people realize how bad the system is today. Over a decade after mental health reform, mentally ill people who go to an emergency room wait an average of […]
"Where do you want to be -- a prison, a coffin, or in the community?" That is the question posed to 18 convicted felons last week in the Rockingham County Agricultural Center.
Common Core State Standards Are Based on Shaky Assumptions, Assumes -- without proof-- that Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are the best standards.