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    Board Certification in the news again

    This is excerpted from the Wake County Schools Email: LARGE TURNOUT FOR NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION MEETING More than 250 Wake County teachers came to a meeting August 27 to get information about pursuing National Board certification. Superintendent Bill McNeal congratulated the teachers for pursuing teaching excellence. Assistant Superintendent…
    Locker Room contributor, September 5, 2003
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    rape scare stats now at UNCG

    The ‘Wellness Center’ (mind the gratuitous euphemism) at UNC-Greensboro is yet another perpetrator of the “one in four” rape hoax. This was in the UNCG Carolinian today: —– An act of assault can happen to anyone, and college students can be more susceptible. According to the Wellness Center,…
    Locker Room contributor, September 5, 2003
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    A Useful Reality Check on Power

    Here’s a good response to all that panicky yapping about how deregulation of electric power would subject us all to the kind of blackout experienced by Northern states last month. In a new commentary, a Pennsylvania congressman observes that his state’s deregulation model, probably the best to be enacted…
    Locker Room contributor, September 4, 2003
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    More on Optimal Vouchers/Credits

    Roy makes a good argument about the conceptual distinction between vouchers and tuition tax relief. I agree that they address different problems and sets of recipients. That’s why I’d like to see both. The state should offer means-tested, fairly generous scholarships to low-income students and/or those stuck in chronically low-performing…
    Locker Room contributor, September 4, 2003
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    tax credits vs. vouchers

    That’s an interesting idea, Roy. My biggest concern with vouchers is the camel’s-nose-under-the-tent aspect. In the case of rebates, it would be best if a rebate could be timed to coincide with tuition payments.
    Locker Room contributor, September 4, 2003
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    re: school vouchers

    In regards to John’s blog concerning the optimal size of vouchers, assuming that vouchers are considered a good idea (and as many people know, I have strong reservations because they are likely to ruin private schools by bringing them under government control) one must first define the goal. If the…
    Locker Room contributor, September 4, 2003
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    Gas prices going down?

    Roy, your theory appears to be holding. Gas prices on my way in to work for the past couple of days are now down to $1.45/gallon. That’s about a 14-cent drop in a couple of days, although there are still some holdouts up to $1.56.
    Locker Room contributor, September 4, 2003
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    Peter Wood on Higher Education

    Peter Wood, who will be the featured speaker at the Pope Center’s conference on Nov. 1, has written one of his typically sharp and witty pieces on the state of higher education in America . One point in particular stands out in his discussion — the supposed fact…
    Locker Room contributor, September 3, 2003