Archive: Thu Mar 2017

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    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:…
    Terry Stoops, March 16, 2017
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    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…
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2017
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    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…
    Katherine Restrepo, March 16, 2017
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    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 “…
    Mitch Kokai, March 16, 2017
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    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.
    Kory Swanson, March 16, 2017
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    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…
    Jon Sanders, March 16, 2017
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, March 16, 2017
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    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…
    Terry Stoops, March 16, 2017