Daily Archives: January 24, 2013

District dumps federal school lunch regs, will lose aid

Wow! One school district has had enough! New York’s Niskayuna Central School District is severing ties with the National School Lunch program, tossing out its adherence to federal regulations for more fruits and vegetables on lunch trays. The Niskayuna Board of Education unanimously voted to terminate participation in the program, effective April 1, after aContinue Reading

NCTQ gives NC a D+ on teacher prep

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) just released their 2012 State Policy Yearbook.  Here is the breakdown of the grades for North Carolina: Area 1: Delivering well prepared teachers: D- Area 2: Expanding the pool of teachers: D+ Area 3: Identifying effective teachers: C- Area 4: Retaining effective teachers: C Area 5: Exiting ineffectiveContinue Reading

The cost of expanding government

As the power, scope, and cost of government expand, economic freedom shrinks. In this piece, Hans Bader of CEI writes about the latest bad news about where the US ranks compared with other nations. We’ve been falling ever since 2000 and if anything at all is clear it is that Obama’s statist agenda will keepContinue Reading

An Aquarium for Concord

Let me just start off by saying that I love aquariums.  I always have.  I’m not an animal person, and I’ve never had fish at home (apart from some goldfish when I was seven that we managed to keep alive for about two weeks).  But for some reason, I find aquariums fascinating.  Any time I’mContinue Reading

More graduates? Thank the poor economy

From an editorial that appeared in the News & Observer, Educators cite a variety of reasons – from aggressive student-retention programs to the decline in teenage pregnancies – but the sluggish economy appears to be the biggest reason our public-school graduation rate is the highest in more than 30 years. Wow, I thought “educators” hadContinue Reading

Legislators to ban welfare recipients from buying lottery tickets

Legislators in the NC House have discussed how to draft legislation to ban welfare recipients or those in bankruptcy from purchasing a lottery ticket.  In theory this is a great idea.  The working taxpayer gives a portion of their paycheck which eventually gets turned into food stamps or welfare aid for a majority of peopleContinue Reading

Williams offers a word of caution about experts

Walter Williams reminds readers of his latest column that expert opinion is not synonymous with fact. Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was a mathematician and scientist. Newton has to be the greatest and most influential scientist who has ever lived. He laid the foundation for classical mechanics, and his genius transformed our understanding of science, particularlyContinue Reading

Stossel thanks California, Connecticut, and Illinois

John Stossel is glad that our nation includes some states boasting high tax rates and onerous regulations. Why? They serve as examples for other states … examples of what not to do. Stossel explains his reasoning in his latest column posted at Human Events. When the USSR died, overthrown by its own citizens’ hatred ofContinue Reading