Archive: Wed Dec 2016

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    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…
    Mitch Kokai, December 21, 2016
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    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…
    Mitch Kokai, December 21, 2016
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    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…
    Mitch Kokai, December 21, 2016
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, December 21, 2016
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    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!)  
    Terry Stoops, December 21, 2016
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    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.
    Sam Hieb, December 21, 2016
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    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…
    Mitch Kokai, December 21, 2016
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    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…
    Mitch Kokai, December 21, 2016