Category Archives: NC General Assembly

Posts about the NC General Assembly

Let the griping begin!

The NCAE and its members are not happy about the largest teacher pay raise in state history. Surprised?  I’m not. Courtesy of the North Carolina Association of Educators Facebook page:  

The jaw-dropping growth of homeschooling in N.C.

Earlier this month, I reported that the estimated number of homeschoolers hit an all-time high of 98,172 students during the 2013-14 school year. The N.C. Division of Non-Public Education published the disaggregated data this week, so I examined estimated homeschool enrollment, by county, over the last five years.  We know that the total number ofContinue Reading

In case you missed him …

Barry Smith discussed the possibility for a state budget deal during an appearance on Time Warner Cable News’ “Capital Tonight.”

Economist blogging on N.C. unemployment changes for NYT makes one good point, misses another

I’ll leave it to John Hood to respond to the data points used in a New York Times blog entry about North Carolina’s economic experience since the end of federal extended unemployment benefits (if John decides it’s worth the effort to correct the record again). I’m more interested in two other elements of University ofContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

Sam Hieb reports for Carolina Journal Online on N.C. counties’ pursuit of sales-tax increases and the impact of pending state legislation. John Hood’s Daily Journal pokes holes in misguided statements about North Carolina’s jobs picture.

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Pundits and prognosticators have spent a lot of time discussing Mark Walker’s dominating win over Phil Berger Jr. in North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District Republican primary runoff election. Rick Henderson offers his thoughts about the 6th District, other runoff results, and the high-profile U.S. Senate race during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. DukeContinue 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