Archive: Tue Apr 2017

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    Threats to free speech on college campuses

    Attacks on free speech have cropped up on college campuses across the country in recent years. At the same time, official campus speech codes have been disappearing. Robert Shibley, executive director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, offered a progress report on free-speech issues during a speech Monday…
    Mitch Kokai, April 4, 2017
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    Washington Post backs ‘the reality that fracking can be performed safely’

    The Republican governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, has made an agreement with environmentalists so foolish that even the Washington Post is blasting it. Namely, he announced a support for banning hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in his state. The Post is having none of it: Mr. Hogan has now pulled…
    Jon Sanders, April 4, 2017
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    Parents as “advocates” in the district system

    I just received an email from the WCPSS (Wake County Schools) Family Academy. Parents are often the best educational advocates for their child. Research indicates that being involved in your child’s education has a positive correlation with being successful in school. The parents will learn how to be engaged in…
    Terry Stoops, April 4, 2017
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    High Point council ponies up $15m for downtown stadium

    At last night’s meeting the High Point City Council voted 8-1 to approve $15 million in funding for a downtown baseball stadium: The council voted 8-1 Monday night in favor of funding the initial portion of what Forward High Point Executive Director Ray Gibbs said would be a $30…
    Sam Hieb, April 4, 2017
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    Foxx IRA bill….

    U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx’ voluntary genetic testing bill has gotten a lot of press lately, but running slightly under the radar scope is her bill rolling back the Obama-era auto IRA regulation. The Senate just passed the bill by a narrow 50-49 vote: Foxx, Republican of North Carolina,…
    Sam Hieb, April 4, 2017
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    N&R layoffs

    Greensboro News & Record announces 36 job cuts and a consolidation of its print edition: The changes, which are driven by efficiencies in production, will include: Consolidating the Monday, Tuesday and Saturday papers into two sections. Adding a fourth section to the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday papers. Merging all…
    Sam Hieb, April 4, 2017
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    Martin Center: Concerns Raised Over NC’s Dual Enrollment Program

    Shannon Watkins of the Martin Center for Academic Renewal has the details: Recently, concerns over dual enrollment have been raised at Cleveland Community College in Shelby, North Carolina. The school’s problems, however, may go beyond dual enrollment; they appear to extend to issues involving improper college governance, lack of…
    Terry Stoops, April 4, 2017
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    The filibuster fight over Gorsuch

    Scott Johnson of the Power Line blog contrasts top U.S. senators’ approach to the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared on both FOX News Sunday and Meet the Press, … mostly to address the prospective confirmation…
    Mitch Kokai, April 4, 2017