Category Archives: Gov. Pat McCrory

Guilford County Schools budget request

Marquita Brown of the News and Record reports that GCS Superintendent Mo Green will request that county commissioners approve a $26 million boost to the district’s budget. Brown spends a lot of time describing revenue and expenditures from state sources.  I mean, isn’t the NC GOP responsible for GCS’s funding hardships? NC Department of PublicContinue Reading

Budget proposes moving DNPE into Governor’s Office

The Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) is a small office housed in the Department of Administration.  DNPE oversees over 61,000 home schools and around 700 private schools throughout North Carolina.  Governor McCrory’s budget recommends placing DNPE “under a unified office attached to the Governor’s Office.” If the measure survives the lengthy budget process, it wouldContinue Reading

Congressional committee hears state and local perspective on Surface Transportation

On March 17, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on reauthorizing the federal surface transportation law, which is currently set to expire on May 31, 2015. North Carolina’s Governor, Pat McCrory, testified at the hearing on behalf of the National Governors Association and North Carolina. Governor McCrory’s testimony conveyed that an effectiveContinue Reading

Atkinson comments on teacher pay

When teach pay stagnated… “I am troubled by the lack of progress on teacher pay” – Budget Statement from State Superintendent June Atkinson, July 22, 2013   When teacher pay increased significantly… “Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson declined to comment on the NEA report.” – Matthew Burns, “NC still lags in teacher pay, studentContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

U.S. Senate Democrats have targeted the John Locke Foundation and more than 100 other groups for intimidation involving records linked to climate change. Rick Henderson discusses the Democrats’ fishing expedition during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops dissects Gov. Pat McCrory’s education budget, Roy Cordato explains how the “special-interest effect” leads toContinue Reading

How many economic development bills are there?

Governor McCrory wanted the legislature to address his desire to give more money away to corporations as soon as the session began.  Well, it worked!  So far the legislature has filed 15 bills dealing with economic development.  Oh, and guess what….none of them are to repeal the use of corporate welfare.  That’s right….a Republican controlledContinue Reading

N&O reporter buries the lede “like a boss”

Nobody buries the lede like the News & Observer. In their report on the release of new teacher pay rankings, the fact that North Carolina now ranks 42nd in the nation isn’t mentioned until the fourth paragraph.  The first sentence of the piece identifies last year’s rank, which was 47th. It isn’t difficult to understandContinue Reading

NCAE complains about teacher salaries, downplays improvement

The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) issued a press release this morning to respond to the annual “Rankings and Estimates” report published by their parent union, the National Education Association (NEA). In the press release, the NCAE never mentions that North Carolina improved five spots on the NEA’s annual rankings of teacher salaries –Continue Reading