Governor Bill Faison?

Even though he has yet to make an official announcement, it looks like Rep. Bill Faison (D-Orange, Caswell) wants to be governor of North Carolina,   Honestly, I give Faison (hereinafter “The Stache”) credit for taking on the Democratic establishment, but I have some concerns.

1. The Stache recently loaned his campaign $500,000.  That loan suggests that he is part of the top 1% of income earners, which, for some, means that he is inherently evil.

2. During his press conference yesterday, The Stache stated that North Carolina ranks 49th in per pupil spending.  I dismantled that bogus ranking in a June newsletter.  (Sign up for newsletters here.)  If you don’t take my word for it, read this News & Record editorial.

3. The Stache wants every high school student in North Carolina to have a laptop or iPad and high-speed Internet access at home.  According to first month Average Daily Membership (ADM) figures for the 2011-2012 school year, North Carolina has over 430,000 high school students in district schools and around 7,000 high school students in charter schools.  Let’s say that we spend $200 on a laptop for each of the state’s 437,000 high school students.  The computers would cost $87.4 million, and that does not include the cost of infrastructure (for home and school), personnel, software, insurance, training, and replacement/repair.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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