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    Case for Stopping Opportunity Scholarship Expansion Lacks Facts — and Support

    A scam. That’s what a recent Raleigh News & Observer editorial called Republican legislative proposals to expand eligibility for the state’s popular Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP). Strong words. But then editors say it’s all part of a plan to break confidence in the public schools. so the argument goes.
    Bob Luebke, May 14, 2021
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    ‘Reckless’ Texas doing just fine

    Kyle Smith of National Review Online explores conditions in Texas, which has led the way in reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. When Texas governor Greg Abbott lifted the state’s mask mandate on March 2, he was simply leaving it up to individual businesses to decide whether they wanted…
    Mitch Kokai, May 6, 2021
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    That didn’t age well!

    Exactly one year ago, in How Long Will a Vaccine Really Take?,  The New York Times provided detailed projections of how long it would take  to develop an effective COVID-19 vaccine. The chart that appears above was what the article said would happen if the process followed the usual path. Even…
    Jon Guze, April 30, 2021
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    Ending the Jim Crow era pistol permit is long overdue

    The pistol permit law in North Carolina is a Jim Crow relic. A holdover from the early 20th century, 1919 to be exact, and similar laws have been repealed in every other Southern state. Reason called the pistol permit process the “Klan’s Favorite Law.” The entire…
    Ray Nothstine, April 16, 2021
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    North Carolina’s voter ID law on trial

    The trial phase of Holmes v. Moore, a lawsuit over North Carolina’s voter ID law, began in Raleigh today. It is expected to last about two weeks. North Carolina’s voter ID law allows for a wide variety of photo IDs to be…
    Andy Jackson, April 12, 2021
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    Do the wealthy really not pay their ‘fair share’ of federal taxes?

    The Tax Foundation is a great resource for factual data on who pays federal taxes — and who doesn’t. Be armed with the facts when you hear progressive Democrats such as our president call for tax hikes on higher earners because they don’t ‘pay their fair share.’ Let’s have…
    Donna Martinez, April 9, 2021
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    How will billions in education funding be spent under the American Rescue Plan? Probably not well.

    So how much of the $1.9 trillion America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) goes to K-12 education?  The PIE Network (Policy Innovation in Education) produced a helpful graphic which details how ARPA money is distributed to states, local school districts and other K-12 entities. As is apparent from the graphic, Local…
    Bob Luebke, March 18, 2021
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    Entrepreneurship is on the rise in NC

    They say necessity is the mother of invention. Plato is credited with first espousing this principle over 2,300 years ago. The pandemic has proven the wisdom of it for our time. For the past year, we’ve had to rethink almost the entirety of our lives, from work and school to social…
    Brooke Medina, March 15, 2021