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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online that a focus on money could distract people from worthwhile recommendations in a new report about N.C. education reform. Terry Stoops’ Daily Journal explains how that same report could prompt calls for new tax hikes.
    Mitch Kokai, December 12, 2019
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    District lose 2,000 students, charters add 7,000 in 2019

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released the average daily membership (ADM) figures for the second month of the 2019-20 school year.  Compared to the second month of the 2018-19 school year, districts enrolled 1,972 fewer students this year.  On the other hand, charter schools added 7,244 students. Wake County…
    Terry Stoops, December 11, 2019
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    Finally! The Results of the WestEd Report

    On Tuesday, the contents of the highly anticipated WestEd report were released. The report was commissioned in 2017 by both the plaintiffs and defendants of the long-running Leandro lawsuit. The report contained dozens of recommendations, but here are the highlights listed in the research brief on the subject, authored…
    Brenee Goforth, December 11, 2019
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    JLF’s Terry Stoops responds to long-awaited school funding report

    On December 10, 2019, the long-awaited West Ed report was released. Below is JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops’ initial comments on the matter. https://lockerroom.johnlocke.org/app/uploads/2019/12/JLFs-Terry-Stoops-responds-to-long-awaited-N.C.-school-funding-report.mp4…
    Brenee Goforth, December 11, 2019
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    PURPA rules change could help electricity consumers

    In the ensuing decades, deregulation, open access, a multitude of state and federal incentives for solar and wind power, and the onset of fracking have dramatically changed the energy scene here. Domestic energy resources are plentiful.
    Jon Sanders, December 11, 2019
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    Martin Center column exposes bad news about federal aid for college students

    Richard Vedder writes for the Martin Center about new research focusing on federal financial aid for college students. For years I have railed against the dysfunctional federal student loan program. The availability of cheap federal student loans has enabled universities to increase tuition fees aggressively, helping fund an unproductive…
    Mitch Kokai, December 11, 2019
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    Threat of closure leads to big turnaround for charter school

    WTVD reports the good news, Kestrel Heights Charter High School in Durham has gone from near closure to bright future. The school’s charter was set to expire in 2020, but now Kestrel Heights is one of only five charter schools in the state to be recommended for a 10-year renewal…
    Terry Stoops, December 11, 2019
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    Snapshot of the Day

    Harper Polling surveyed likely Republican primary voters on a number of issues, including choices for U.S. Senate and Governor. Former Gov. Pat McCrory — who is not running — leads the poll with 42% of likely voters choosing him. Carolina Journal reports on the latest poll here.  …
    Donna Martinez, December 11, 2019