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    N&O publishes abysmal op-ed on N.C. Innovative School District

    Someone at the News & Observer thought it was a good idea to publish a second-rate op-ed attacking the N.C. Innovative School District.  The piece was written by UNC-Chapel Hill education professor Brian Gibbs.  Here are some of the highlights: 1. Gibbs assumes…
    Terry Stoops, October 20, 2017
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    JLF’s Joe Coletti Talks To WRAL About Folly of Incentives

    Tyler Dukes of WRAL reports: In the wake of the 2008 recession, about four of every 10 of the jobs state officials hoped to lure to North Carolina with the promise of millions in taxpayer money failed to materialize, new Commerce Department data show. A WRAL News analysis of…
    Donna Martinez, October 19, 2017
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    North Carolina the Wild, Wild West?

    As Carolina Journal’s Lindsay Marchello reports, in the second Hometown Debate about education, state Rep. Graig Meyer (D-Orange) had this to say about accountability for public charter schools in North Carolina. When it comes to holding charters schools accountable, one legislator, Rep. Graig Meyer, D-Orange, said education policy experts…
    Donna Martinez, October 18, 2017
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    Libertarians, Greens, Constitution Party react to veto override

    Three third-party political groups are happy to see the N.C. General Assembly override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 656. The leaders of North Carolina’s Libertarian, Green, and Constitution parties submit the following: “SB 656 Electoral Freedom Act is the most significant ballot access bill passed by…
    Mitch Kokai, October 17, 2017
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    N&O editors smear school choice advocates

    The title of the News & Observer editorial is “Big money equals big influence in schools.”  It is a title that could apply to the National Education Association and their state affiliate, the N.C. Association of Educators.  They pour tens of thousands of dollars into the campaign accounts of…
    Terry Stoops, October 17, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the N.C. General Assembly’s unanticipated return to Raleigh this week to address the governor’s latest veto. John Hood’s Daily Journal argues for increasing the percentage of state lottery money that heads to local school buildings.
    Mitch Kokai, October 16, 2017
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    Unfair portrayal of TeamCFA and John Bryan

    In a series of articles published this week, News & Observer reporters Lynn Bonner, Jane Stancill, And David Raynor are occasionally evenhanded in their treatment of North Carolina charter schools.  The exception is an article that, I believe, was a ridiculously slanted portrayal of TeamCFA and its founder John…
    Terry Stoops, October 12, 2017