Politics (page 1008)

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    Charter school demand is strong

    Dan Way’s latest Carolina Journal article highlights the huge demand for charter school seats in North Carolina.  Joel Medley, director of the Office of Charter Schools at the NC Department of Public Instruction, reported that well over 29,000 children remained on charter wait lists last year. Thousands more will…
    Terry Stoops, March 12, 2012
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    Stein tweaks politicians, media

    Joel Stein‘s latest installment of TIME‘s humbly named “The Awesome Column” seeks humor in the debate over the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Note in the final quoted line the subtle dig at mainstream media efforts to project “objectivity.” I…
    Mitch Kokai, March 12, 2012
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    Joe Klein offers Romney some campaign advice

    Since TIME‘s Joe Klein has made a living in recent years bashing George W. Bush and promoting Barack Obama — and since he kind of likes Rick Santorum (?) — it’s not clear Mitt Romney will accept Klein’s electoral advice. Still, Klein…
    Mitch Kokai, March 12, 2012
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    Colvin cites worldwide election contests that will help shape the global economy

    Geoff Colvin devotes his latest Fortune column to the notion that election contests this year in Russia, France, Egypt, Mexico, Venezuela, the U.S., and South Korea will play a major role in determining the course of the global economy. Egypt is, with luck, a…
    Mitch Kokai, March 12, 2012
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    More on Mitt’s math

    John Hood isn’t the only one talking about the “math behind Mitt.” Jim McTague of Barron’s covers similar territory in his latest column. There are headlines and there is reality. The GOP horse race is not nearly as close as it looks.
    Mitch Kokai, March 12, 2012
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    Public School Forum gets it right on rankings

    In their Friday Report email, the NC Public School Forum argues that per-pupil expenditure rankings, which were published by the National Education Association (NEA) last month, should be viewed in context.  Exactly! Those who spent months perpetuating the myth that North Carolina was 49th in the nation in…
    Terry Stoops, March 9, 2012
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    Murdock takes on Democrats’ arguments against voter ID

    Deroy Murdock‘s latest column addresses the concerns of those Democrats who “cry rivers over those who would become disfranchised for lack of ID cards” in the face of new ID requirements for voters. If they really cared about these people — of whom there…
    Mitch Kokai, March 9, 2012
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    Anti-testing report released

    Today, you may hear some talk about a report titled “Taking Back Our Classrooms: The United Struggle of Teachers, Students, and Parents in North Carolina Against High-Stakes Testing.”  The report is a product of Advancement Project (a civil rights organization), Advocates for Children’s Services (a project of Legal…
    Terry Stoops, March 9, 2012