Daily Archives: December 21, 2016

N.C. Supreme Court blocks State Bar from disciplining judge

A unanimous N.C. Supreme Court has ruled that the N.C. State Bar cannot move forward with disciplinary action against a judge who already has accepted a reprimand from the Judicial Standards Commission. The case involves Superior Court Judge Jerry Tillett, who was reprimanded for misconduct in a 2010 incident involving the Kill Devil Hills policeContinue Reading






N.C. Supreme Court sides with Asheville in fight with General Assembly over utilities

The N.C. Supreme Court has ruled, 5-2, in favor of Asheville in its dispute with the General Assembly over 2013 legislation that forcibly transferred the city’s public water system to a new metropolitan water and sewer district. The decision reverses the state Appeals Court and reinstates the original trial-court ruling favoring Asheville.






N.C. Supreme Court sides with General Assembly in boundary fight with Boone

The N.C. Supreme Court has ruled, 6-1, to reverse a trial court and side with the General Assembly in its legal battle with Boone over changes to the town’s power to govern territory outside its jurisdiction. The court’s four Republican justices agreed with the reasoning set out in Justice Paul Newby’s opinion. It says theContinue Reading






Summing Up Results From TIMSS, PISA

Math results were mixed for American adolescents on two major global benchmarking tests released in recent weeks. These charts offer some highlights. Source: Summing Up Results From TIMSS, PISA






Which school districts spent more (or less) last year?

Here I go, here I go, here I go again (again?) Readers, what’s my weakness? (financial data published by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction!)  






It’s just that simple….

From the text of H17, the bill transferring considerable power from the North Carolina State Board of Education to the state Superintendent: There is hereby created a Department of Public Instruction. The head of the Department of Public Instruction is the State Board of Education. Any provision of G.S. 143A-9 to the contrary notwithstanding, theContinue Reading






Journalists, professors get low marks

Mairead McArdle reports for the Washington Examiner on new public polling data that should trouble mainstream media outlets and the professoriate. After a tumultuous year for media professionals, 11 percent more Americans consider journalists to have “low” or “very low” honesty or ethical standards in 2016 than in 2015, according to a new Gallup poll.Continue Reading






Government watchdog detects continuing Obamacare problems

Ali Meyer of the Washington Free Beacon details the latest evidence of problems associated with the Obamacare website. Healthcare.gov and its state marketplaces approved health care coverage and subsidies for nine fake applicants in another Government Accountability Office sting, according to a report from the agency. The investigative agency created 12 fake identities and soughtContinue Reading