Daily Archives: March 24, 2017

GCS needs $60 million to see what teaching looks like

I almost wish this were some sort of Friday follies spoof, but unfortunately it’s real life–N&R reports Guilford County Schools will apply for a $60 million grant to replace tapped-out Mission Possible funds. And what would GCS hope to do with $60 million? A sample of key recommendations include: Developing a clear definition of whatContinue Reading

Bertie County Schools financial crisis

Because the entity in question is not a private or charter school, don’t expect the News & Observer or WRAL to say a word about it.  But the Bertie County Schools has a full-blown financial crisis on their hands. According to an article published in the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, representatives from the N.C. Department of Public InstructionContinue Reading

“The Death Row Basketball League”

The latest Criminal Law News Roundup posted by UNC School of Government covers an unusual sporting event: Raleigh Central Prison’s annual “Ball ‘Til We Fall” tournament in which the players, the coaches, and the referrees are all death row inmates. Here are some highlights from a tournament summary written by one of the players, Lyle May: [We] did not have a strong season. TheContinue Reading

Targeting the federal calorie labeling rule

Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon highlights a plea from small business owners to the Trump administration. Small businesses are pleading the Trump administration to delay an onerous Obama-era regulation requiring calorie labeling on menus, violations of which can carry jail time for mislabeling food. Trade organizations representing pizza chains, supermarkets, and convenience storesContinue Reading

Panning the carbon tax

Thomas Pyle piles up the arguments against a carbon tax in a National Review Online column. Conservatives have long been the voice for limited government, lower taxes, free markets, and individual liberty. But recently, a small but persistent group of Republicans are trying to persuade conservatives to abandon these principles and embrace a national energyContinue Reading

Want better art? Dump NEA funding

Kevin Williamson of National Review Online explains why the National Endowment for the Arts ought to be defunded “for art’s sake.” Of course we should kill the National Endowment for the Arts — not because we don’t care about art, but because we do. The ladies and gentlemen of the NEA are the Medicis ofContinue Reading

Putting Putin in perspective

Christopher Caldwell explains in the latest issue of Hillsdale College’s Imprimis why Russians support strongman Vladimir Putin more than they support democratic capitalism. Russia retains elements of a kleptocracy based on oligarchic control of natural resources. But we must remember that Putin inherited that kleptocracy. He did not found it. The transfer of Russia’s naturalContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Gov. Roy Cooper and N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger offered contrasting views of the State of the State during a public address this month. Rick Henderson sifts through their comments for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops addresses Cooper’s public praise for a Raleigh school teacher who spends money from her ownContinue Reading