Harry Painter

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  • Competition makes everything better, and innovation beats politics…

    …in higher education reform, according to Isaac M. Morehouse. Morehouse, CEO and founder of Praxis, will be the Pope Center’s speaker at our 2015 Milton Friedman Legacy Day event, I am excited to report. Morehouse, whose modus operandi is to offer a market reform for young people who want to…
    Harry Painter, June 4, 2015
  • Both left and right agree: reopen the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas

    Just as UNC and Harvard are in the midst of a lawsuit over racial preference in admissions, the landmark Fisher v. University of Texas case may be reopened in the Supreme Court. A lower court’s ruling, George Leef writes at the Pope Center, did not apply “strict scrutiny” as it…
    Harry Painter, May 29, 2015
  • We’re running out of productive workers? Please.

    A new bit of disinformation from the Higher Education Works Foundation features outgoing UNC system president Thomas W. Ross. Ross has read a Bloomberg article, he says, that claims, in his words, “We’re not going to have enough college graduates to fill the jobs in America.” (Here’s the article,…
    Harry Painter, May 12, 2015
  • James Franco loves McDonald’s, and so do I

    The left is not enjoying James Franco’s Thursday op-ed in the Washington Post in favor of McDonald’s. Titled “McDonald’s was there for me when no one else was,” the Spider-Man and Pineapple Express actor’s op-ed defends the fast food giant, a longtime whipping boy for the supposed excesses of capitalism. In fact, McD’s has…
    Harry Painter, May 8, 2015
  • Another tilted media exposé of the Pope Center

    The Chronicle of Higher Education has a new, subscription-only, article about the influence of the Pope Foundation and the Pope Center on North Carolina’s colleges, particularly through the legislature. As with all such articles, the crux is centered around our connection with former budget director and rich guy Art Pope.
    Harry Painter, May 1, 2015
  • Put those professors back in the classroom

    A bill to increase minimum UNC faculty loads to four courses per semester and eight per year has caused a huge backlash among faculty members. The Pope Center, particularly our director of policy analysis Jay Schalin, has advocated for such increases, although maybe not in the form this bill…
    Harry Painter, April 23, 2015
  • 4 Republican legislators are pushing their version of “free” community college in NC

    If you thought President Obama’s stumping for “free” community college was nothing but hot air, you were likely wrong. It may have been mostly hot air, but the power of the bully pulpit is not to be underestimated. Here in North Carolina, home of a “trifecta” Republican government, legislators…
    Harry Painter, March 18, 2015
  • It’s probably a good idea to relax North Carolina’s restrictive nursing policies

    A new Duke University study finds that easing up regulations on nursing practitioners, already, can put hundreds of millions of dollars to other uses – possibly leading to thousands of new jobs. Estimates from the study, funded by the N.C. Nurses Association and done by Christopher J.
    Harry Painter, March 17, 2015