Jobs and economy (page 383)

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    New report on teacher pay

    In Assessing the Compensation of Public-School Teachers, Jason Richwine and Andrew Biggs conclude that “public-school teacher salaries are comparable to those paid to similarly skilled private sector workers, but that more generous fringe benefits for public-school teachers, including greater job security, make total compensation 52 percent greater than fair…
    Terry Stoops, November 2, 2011
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    Jobs’ failures helped pave the way for his successes

    The latest TIME reminds us that Steve Jobs was able to become a great success after he switched gears from his economic failures: We forget now how early and how spectacularly Jobs succeeded–when Apple went public in 1980, Jobs netted $256 million–and also how…
    Mitch Kokai, November 2, 2011
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    Politicians and central banks keeping us in ‘perpetual party mode’

    In his latest Ideas Matter update, Max Borders focuses on a vexing question: What’s the best way to explain to people that recessions are good for us? Johan Norberg says, we have gone on too long confusing the symptoms with the pathology. Actually, he…
    Mitch Kokai, November 2, 2011
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    Lowry explores the changing relationship between Europe and China

    Don’t know the history of European domination of China? National Review editor Rich Lowry does, and he contrasts it with the current state of affairs between a rising power and a dying continent. The Chinese refer to the period from the middle of the…
    Mitch Kokai, November 1, 2011
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    Raleigh taxpayers fund NAACP?

    Courtesy of the Wake Community Network, During the October 18, 2011, Council Meeting, Mayor Meeker stated the NAACP is holding its first Institute in Raleigh next March. He talked about the possibility of the City of Raleigh being a presenting sponsor which would require a $5,000 donation. He asked…
    Terry Stoops, November 1, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Sara Burrows reports for Carolina Journal Online that WakeMed is raising concerns about competing with Rex Healthcare’s new Wake County heart center. John Hood’s Daily Journal explores why North Carolina continues to have one of the nation’s weakest economies.
    Mitch Kokai, November 1, 2011
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    Patsy’s back…

    Patsy Christian is back in the news.  According to the News & Observer, The infamous portrait Patsy Christian, former head of the old John Umstead and Dorothea Dix state psychiatric hospitals, was named assistant director for heathcare quality and safety in the Division of Health…
    Terry Stoops, October 31, 2011
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    Graduation rates: The big picture

    Charlotte Observer columnist Fannie Flono offers an overview of graduation rate differences among racial and ethnic subgroups, and based on this data, she concludes that “We – as a community and a state – must do a lot more to make sure all students get that diploma.” According to…
    Terry Stoops, October 31, 2011