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Superintendent of Public Instruction race

As expected, Democratic incumbent June Atkinson won her primary easily. Winston-Salem attorney and school board member Mark Johnson will be the Republican candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Johnson won 96 of the state’s 100 counties.  Runner-up Rosemary Stein won four – Moore, Lee, Craven, and Carteret – and J. Wesley Sills was shut-out.  BothContinue Reading






Cary Academy named best private school in NC by some website

Clickbait website Niche released its 2016 rankings of the best private high schools in the US. Cary Academy was tops in North Carolina! Rankings were calculated based on “performance on the SAT and ACT, college-matriculation rates, quality of colleges that students consider and attend, school culture and diversity, and student and parent reviews.”






McCloskey: Krugman will rot your brain

I recently perused syllabi and reading lists from one of my favorite economists, Deirdre McCloskey.  One of her reading lists, Reasonably Painless Economics (pdf), included the following counsel: Do not read Paul Krugman! It’ll gradually rot your brain, until you can’t think straight about anything. Do not read Freakonomics, either, from the opposite politics. ItContinue Reading






Election observations from 1807

“How is it possible that such men can be capable of distinguishing between an honest man and a knave ; or, even if they were, will it not always happen that they are led by the nose by some intriguing demagogue, and made the mere tools of ambitions political jugglers? Surely it would be betterContinue Reading






North Carolina and the Politics of Barbecue

The incomparable John Shelton Reed opines about the politics of North Carolina barbecue in the New York Times: Tuesday is Primary Day in North Carolina, and while things like trade, immigration and the deficit will help people pick their candidate for president, there’s another issue that has an outsize impact on how the Tar HeelContinue Reading






District enrollment stagnates as charters grow

From Highlights of the NC Public School Budget 2016






Average teacher pay nearly $48,000 a year

From Highlights of the NC Public School Budget 2016 Over the last three years, average teacher pay has increased by nearly $3,000 – from $44,990 in 2014 to $47,931 in 2016 – but be mindful of the limitations of this statistic.






DPI releases budget information

From Highlights of the NC Public School Budget 2016  






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