Daily Archives: March 16, 2017

Charter school membership by region

According to data just released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, charter schools are rockin’ in most areas of the state.  Time to get to work in those clusters of counties in white. Click here:






Attacking political correctness from the left

Author William Deresiewicz, a contributing editor at The American Scholar, describes himself “as an atheist, a democratic socialist, a native northeasterner, a person who believes that colleges should not have sports teams in the first place — and in case it isn’t obvious by now, a card-carrying member of the liberal elite.” Nonetheless, Deresiewicz devotesContinue Reading






What The CBO Says About Reconstructing Obamacare

This week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its score of the Republican Obamacare repeal bill, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The 28-page document reports that, over a ten-year projection, AHCA will reduce federal deficits by $337 billion. It also estimates that a total of 52 million people by 2026 would beContinue Reading






A thoughtful discussion of secession

Those who filed North Carolina’s House Bill 147 might find interest in the latest cover story of The American Scholar, the quarterly Phi Beta Kappa publication. Washington College history professor Richard Striner examines the history of secession, motivated primarily by the discussion of a possible “Calexit” in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. Early on,Continue Reading






Fight the Myth of Fair Trade

As Barron’s editorial page editor Thomas Donlan notes in his March 6 editorial: “Fair trade” is never fair, because it always means that the deadening thumb of government has to adjust the scales of commerce in favor of domestic businesses that can’t succeed any other way.






If you can’t win customers and investors, win politicians

…it’s well known that the renewable energy industry’s business model is entirely based on and utterly dependent on capturing public subsidies. It’s all about winning government goodies.—Yours truly, 8/28/15 Since the renewable energy industry cannot build itself by winning customers and investors on the strength of its own merits, they have to win politicians — who can force people to be their customers andContinue Reading






Hall is an outstanding choice to lead Achievement School District

Today, the N.C. State Board of Education (SBE) announced that Dr. Eric Hall, president and CEO of Communities In Schools of North Carolina, was hired to lead the new Achievement School District. The SBE made a wise decision to hire someone who has a successful track record of working with disadvantaged students and underperforming schoolsContinue Reading






Money, not class sizes, behind HB 13 push

The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) survey, Pass House Bill 13 to Save Teachers, Increase Per Pupil Funding to National Average, tells you all you need to know about the push to get the N.C. Senate to pass House Bill 13.  Currently, HB 13 is in the Committee On Rules and Operations of theContinue Reading