Category Archives: Budgets

North Carolina’s Race to the Top grant

Education Week provides an update on the status of federal Race to the Top grants in all states that received a grant, including North Carolina. The Race to the Top competitive grant program was tied to the adoption of Common Core, and North Carolina received its grant months after the State Board of Education adoptedContinue Reading

How to address the “troubling future” of NC’s children

In response to a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report, The KIDS COUNT Data Book, News & Observer editors write, These findings, released this week and reported by WRAL, should disturb all North Carolinians. The report should bother the state’s leaders, Gov. Pat McCrory and those who run the General Assembly. And it must prompt some fact-findingContinue Reading

WRAL interviews mother of NCAE activist

Of the nearly 2,300 teacher assistants employed in Wake County, WRAL just happened to interview Wake teacher assistant Josette Beller, mother of NCAE activist and Wake County elementary school teacher Kristin Beller (pictured below).  Both work at Millbrook Magnet Elementary School. This is just another reason why it is difficult to take WRAL’s coverage ofContinue Reading

Does the media care about boomerang teachers?

We’ve heard countless reports of teachers who flee North Carolina public schools for higher pay. But some of these teachers return to North Carolina after finding that public schools in their destination states were less than ideal.  These “boomerang” teachers rarely receive the kind of attention that their departing counterparts do, but they have anContinue Reading

The national dilemma of debt

Former Houston mayor and former U.S. deputy energy secretary Bill White explores in a Barron’s column the disconnect between the federal government’s revenue stream and its spending commitments. The permanent hole in the federal-funds budget has become more obvious since the end of U.S. combat in Iraq and the reduction of most recession-related programs. AccordingContinue Reading

Barron’s ‘Economic Beat’ columnist highlights warning about growing U.S. debt

Gene Epstein of Barron’s devotes his latest “Economic Beat” column to analysis of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s latest long-term budget outlook. Federal debt held by the public as a share of nominal gross domestic product, currently 74%, is projected to rise over the next 10 years. But it won’t be until the mid-2020s thatContinue Reading

Common Core’s $66+ million price tag

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) revealed that the state spent at least $66 million on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. For the past few years, Lt. Governor Dan Forest and others asked DPI to provide an estimate of taxpayer money used for Common Core implementation.  They never received it.  NowContinue Reading

Rep. Tim Moore files July 25 sine die resolution

Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Maybe. Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, and chairman of the House Rules Committee has filed a July 25 sine die resolution. That, the approval of a Common Core repeal bill acceptable to Gov. Pat McCrory, and a bit of a break in the budget deadlock indicate thatContinue Reading