Politics (page 1009)

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    Teacher evaluation tribulation

    Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal published a short article on teacher evaluation and performance pay efforts in a handful of school districts, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).  The article outlined the fiscal, political, and methodological difficulties of implementing a comprehensive evaluation system for teachers across subjects and grades. The…
    Terry Stoops, March 9, 2012
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    New at CJO: Multiple candidates seeking the same slot could lead to ‘runoff fever’

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online on the many North Carolina primary elections that could head to runoffs this year.
    Mitch Kokai, March 8, 2012
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    Charter and district school students by ethnicity

    Recent debates about proposed charter schools in Durham and Orange counties have many wondering how the racial and ethnic makeup of charter schools compares to district schools.  Thanks to the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI), we have part of the answer.  This week, the NC DPI released…
    Terry Stoops, March 8, 2012
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    Cuando el aumento de impuestos es un “Programa de Empleo”

    El periódico, La Conexión, gracias por publicar mi artículo. En las campañas electorales, el uso de palabras sueltas bien pueden ser la regla en lugar de la excepción. El programa de empleo de Bill Faison, como candidato a gobernador, es un ejemplo claro.  De hecho, en una competencia de falacias económicas, esta propuesta le ganaría a todas las demás.
    Fergus Hodgson, March 8, 2012
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    Barone watches the can as it’s kicked down the road

    Michael Bsrone‘s latest column assesses the president’s willingness to make tough decisions. I draw the conclusion that Netanyahu will very soon order an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear-weapons facilities. Meanwhile, Obama is kicking the can down the road, announcing Tuesday that the United States…
    Mitch Kokai, March 8, 2012
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    About those targeted killings

    The John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society heard this week a defense of the U.S. policy of using unmanned drones to kill targeted terrorists and enemy combatants in other counties, even if the targets are U.S. citizens. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder defended the same policy during a speech…
    Mitch Kokai, March 8, 2012
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    Tanner looks ahead to the next debt-limit fight

    Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute suggests to National Review Online readers that we’re likely to see another battle over the federal debt limit sooner than we expected. Last summer’s agreement, you will recall, raised the federal government’s debt limit from $15.194 trillion to…
    Mitch Kokai, March 7, 2012
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    Goldberg on the contraception controversy

    Jonah Goldberg‘s latest column informs National Review Onlin readers about the “shockingly dishonest propaganda being peddled by leading Democrats and media outlets” about Republicans and efforts to ban contraception. Part of the problem is simply psychological projection. Since many liberals believe there’s no valid…
    Mitch Kokai, March 7, 2012