Carolina Journal (page 4)

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    CJ Commentary: Official data understate growth rate

    In his latest Carolina Journal commentary, political analyst John Hood argues the world is actually doing better than people think it is. Hood writes: When it comes to public affairs, bad news is good and good news is bad. That is, political speeches and media pieces that describe a problem…
    Brenee Goforth, July 23, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: What teachers do in the summer and other mysteries

    Have you ever wondered what teachers do in the summer? No need to wonder any longer because JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops wrote all about it this week in his latest Carolina Journal piece. According to Dr. Stoops: The majority of North Carolina teachers have a contract that furnishes a break…
    Brenee Goforth, July 19, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Dispute over a K-3 reading contract heats up

    According to a recent article in Carolina Journal by reporter Lindsay Marchello, the reading comprehension company, Istation, has sent cease-and-desist letters to three individuals who have publicly criticized the state’s decision to grant them a public school contract. Kieran Shanahan, Istation’s attorney, wrote in a statement: “The cease and…
    Brenee Goforth, July 18, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Shifting the gerrymandering focus to distorted districts

    Mitch Kokai wrote a commentary in Carolina Journal on a divergent way to think about gerrymandering. Kokai writes: Most debate about gerrymandering reform focuses on partisan outcomes. But focusing on the pros and cons for D’s and R’s distracts would-be reformers from a change that would benefit all voters. Kokai,…
    Brenee Goforth, July 17, 2019
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    JLF’s Don van der Vaart on WBT’s Pat McCrory Show with Bo Thompson

    JLF’s Don van der Vaart appeared on the Pat McCrory Show on WBT Radio. Dr. van der Vaart went on the show to speak with the former governor about the Carolina Journal exclusive story on the Cooper family’s solar farm property. The story reports Gov. Roy Cooper and his…
    Brenee Goforth, July 13, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: Context needed on school spending

    In his most recent commentary for Carolina Journal, political analyst John Hood explains the need for context in discussions of education spending. Hood writes: The average salary of a public schoolteacher in North Carolina was about $54,000 last year, up 20 percent since 2014. That was one of the largest…
    Brenee Goforth, July 11, 2019
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    CJ Reports: Charter schools likely to become part of Leandro debate

    Carolina Journal’s Lindsay Marchello reports on the recent discussion of charter schools around the Leandro court case debate. Marchello explains: The Leandro case began in 1994, when five rural school districts sued the state, arguing they couldn’t raise enough tax revenue locally to provide an education for their students on…
    Brenee Goforth, July 10, 2019
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    New Forbes Article Highlights JLF’s Work on ABC Reform

    Forbes recently ran a piece on nationwide ABC reforms by Americans for Tax Reform Vice President of State Affairs, Patrick Gleason. Gleason’s commentary included recent reforms and reform attempts in states all over the country such as North Carolina, South Carolina, Maine, and Pennsylvania, as well as a potential federal…
    Brenee Goforth, July 9, 2019