Media (page 131)

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    Pre-K Pre-view

    Today, the House Select Committee on Early Childhood Education Development will meet to discuss changes to North Carolina’s pre-kindergarten programs, called NC Pre-K.  The committee’s five recommendations include the following: 1. Continue funding and monitoring of early childhood programs in North Carolina 2. Clarify the definition of “at…
    Terry Stoops, March 1, 2012
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    NYC releases teacher effectiveness data

    Last week, the New York City Department of Education released performance data for the district’s 18,000 public school teachers.  According to an article in Governing, The reports rank individual teachers based on their students’ performance in math and English over a five-year period, concluding with the 2009-2010 school year.
    Terry Stoops, February 28, 2012
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    Ferguson examines the ‘dog whistle’

    How is it that liberals such as Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg View can identify racism when Republican presidential candidates mention the words “food stamps” or “poor neighborhoods”? Andrew Ferguson examines the phenomenon in his latest Commentary “Press Man” column (not yet posted online). It’s an odd…
    Mitch Kokai, February 28, 2012
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    Hayek and Pawn Stars

    I wasn’t expecting any deep economic enlightenment when I started reading a TIME article about the hit cable television show “Pawn Stars.” That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to find the following: And while it’s fun for viewers to guess the value of an antique gun…
    Mitch Kokai, February 27, 2012
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    Hanson explores Linsanity

    Victor Davis Hanson uses his latest National Review Online column to examine the buzz surrounding New York Knicks’ star Jeremy Lin. In Lin’s storybook saga, it is hard to sort out all the racial-stereotyping and affirmative-action undertones, but I think it goes something like…
    Mitch Kokai, February 23, 2012
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    NCAE sends out marching order: “Commence flailing”

    News that North Carolina ranks 42nd in per student spending provoked an amusing response from the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE). The NCAE leadership accused the John Locke Foundation of “manipulating rankings, data, and studies.”  You may wonder, as I do, how reporting rankings, data, and studies…
    Terry Stoops, February 22, 2012
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    NEA: NC is 42nd (not 49th) in per pupil spending

    I have spent months countering the “49th in the nation myth,” a talking point manufactured by public school advocacy groups to attack the budget approved by the NC General Assembly last year.  At long last, the National Education Association (NEA) has released Rankings of the States 2011 and…
    Terry Stoops, February 21, 2012
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    Liberal legal icon might drop Obama over Media Matters?

    Harvard law professor and liberal icon Alan Dershowitz has signaled he might not cast a vote this year for President Obama unless the president distances himself from Media Matters. Commentary‘s “Contentions” blog has details and quotes from a Dershowitz radio interview: Let’s have a…
    Mitch Kokai, February 16, 2012