Gov. Bev Perdue (page 2)

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    Brian Lewis gets it right

    I agree with Brian Lewis, former lobbyist for the NC Association of Educators and Managing Partner at New Frame, Inc. Let’s have an honest conversation about K-12 education spending – one that acknowledges all missteps along the way.
    Terry Stoops, April 28, 2016
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    DPI examines state funding trends

    The NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) recently updated a graph detailing changes to state per pupil funding. It is interesting for two reasons.  First, if Republicans leaders continue to follow the trend depicted below, then North Carolina’s K-12 budget will receive a sizable boost next year. Second, it…
    Terry Stoops, September 29, 2015
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    Atkinson: Dems didn’t do enough to help SAT test takers

    The College Board released SAT test scores for the state and nation yesterday.  North Carolina’s average combined score dropped by five points.   The national average score is at its lowest point in the last decade. Rather than acknowledge that North Carolina is following a nationwide trend, Superintendent of…
    Terry Stoops, September 4, 2015
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    Democrats wanted to cut TAs too

    I have been following an interesting exchange on Facebook about Democratic proposals to eliminate teacher assistant (TA) positions.  You heard that right.  Once upon a time, legislative Democrats and their allies thought it was a good idea to eliminate a bunch of TA positions. The discussion is getting interesting now…
    Terry Stoops, July 28, 2015
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    State will purchase Hammocks Beach property, ending land grab

    The Council of State on Tuesday agreed to pay $7 million to purchase more than 200 acres of Onslow County waterfront property from members of the Hurst family, expanding the Hammocks Beach State Park and ending a nearly decade-long battle between the owners of the property and…
    Rick Henderson, April 7, 2015
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    For the GOP-led General Assembly, there’s no common opponent

    Republicans in the General Assembly seemed to do better at getting a budget passed on time when they had a common opponent. In 2011, when the GOP first swept into power, controlling both chambers of the General Assembly, lawmakers not only passed a budget, but overrode Democratic…
    Barry Smith, July 1, 2014
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    Keith Crisco’s death mourned by Democrats, Republicans alike

    Reactions from both major political parties to the death of Keith Crisco came in not long after news reports confirmed that the former commerce secretary and 2nd Congressional District Democratic candidate had died. Randy Voller, chairman of the state Democratic Party, released the following statement: “I got to know Secretary…
    Barry Smith, May 12, 2014
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    Moral Democrats and immoral Republicans

    A popular notion among liberals is that budgets are “moral documents.” For example, in a September 5 News & Observer op-ed, Chapel Hill lawyer Vivian Connell contends, “How we spend our money – as a municipality, as a country or as an individual – says more about what we…
    Terry Stoops, September 6, 2013