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    The Sad State of Education

    Excerpted from the North Carolina Family Policy Center Newsletter: The United States spends more per student on public and private education than other industrialized countries but gets average results on student performance, according to an international report released September 16. The report, published by the OECD, reviewed education spending and…
    Locker Room contributor, September 19, 2003
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    UNC Workers and the ‘Living Wage’

    According to the living wage study by the NC Justice and Community Development Center, the housekeepers and groundskeepers at UNC-CH are making a fairly decent living. In their report, “Working Hard is Not Enough,” they claim that a single parent with one child needs $22,608 per year, while a…
    Locker Room contributor, September 19, 2003
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    After Isabel, please stop swelling the rivers

    One remarkable feature of the leftist thoughtworld is the fickleness of its “concern” over “the downtrodden.” Usually, of course, third world workers are mascots of leftist sentimentality, in need of their protection from the evils of American-owned factories paying starvation wages. But when it comes to the textile business,…
    Locker Room contributor, September 19, 2003
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    Even more N&D

    Today’s tidbit ? headline: Workers shut out of teach-in. quote ————– Many UNC workers are angry they won’t be able to participate in an upcoming program they organized. Chancellor James Moeser denied the requests of UNC workers to receive either time off or community service leave to…
    Locker Room contributor, September 19, 2003
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    Terrorists team up with anti-free marketeers?

    Yes, a link! If this story doesn?t prove that excise taxes are ludicrous, I don?t know what will!…
    Locker Room contributor, September 19, 2003
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    More N&D

    Oh, Jenna, they are just the “privileged” assuaging their guilt-ridden consciences by offering a “show of solidarity” with their “exploited” brethren. Lo, the plight of the poor UNC staff members, toiling away without a “living wage” ? in other words, slowly being killed by a flagship institution. Why don’t they…
    Locker Room contributor, September 18, 2003
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    Kick Off Event Held by Bond Supporters

    More than 100 people gathered at the Wake County Commons Building Tuesday (Sept. 9) for the Friends of Wake kick-off event. Wake County Commission Chair Herb Council and Wake Board of Education Chair Susan Parry joined Friends co-chairs Ann Goodnight and Horace Johnson in speaking to the crowd of…
    Locker Room contributor, September 18, 2003
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    A Choice Nugget I Couldn’t Use

    Just wrote my syndicated column for the week (a day early, due to sudden and inexplicable bout of severe weather) about the North Carolina Education Alliance’s new report examining school choice across the state’s 117 school districts. Look out for it in your local paper, and on the CJ.com site,…
    Locker Room contributor, September 18, 2003