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    COVID-19 death count merits another look

    Heather Mac Donald asks in a Spectator USA column: Where are the deaths? What virtually every fear-mongering story on America’s allegedly precarious situation leaves out, however, is the steadily dropping daily death numbers — from a high of 2,693 on April 21 to 808 on June 24. That…
    Mitch Kokai, June 29, 2020
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    Democrats diss black Republican senator

    Katie Pavlich writes at TownHall.com about congressional Democrats’ shabby treatment of S.C. Sen. Tim Scott. Over the past two weeks, Republican Senator Tim Scott, a black man from South Carolina, extended the olive branch of bipartisanship to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer…
    Mitch Kokai, June 29, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on enforcement questions surrounding Gov. Roy Cooper’s statewide face mask order. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights how progressive politicians are hurting downtown areas.
    Mitch Kokai, June 29, 2020
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    Preliminary analysis: NC average teacher salary adjusted for COL is 26th in the nation

    My initial calculations indicate that North Carolina’s average teacher salary, when adjusted for cost of living (COL), ranks 26th in the nation.  I explained the methodology used to adjust for cost of living differences in a research brief published last year. The unadjusted ranking is 30th in the…
    Terry Stoops, June 26, 2020
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    NEA: Average teacher salary in NC is 30th in the nation

    According to the annual Rankings and Estimates study released today, North Carolina’s average teacher salary of $54,682 is 30th among the 50 states and District of Columbia for the 2019-20 school year.  The revised averages for the 2018-19 school year also place North Carolina at number 30. As I…
    Terry Stoops, June 26, 2020
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    Judge Covid decides: Being made to wear a face covering

    Judge Covid, who should wear face masks?
    Jon Sanders, June 26, 2020
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    Is Wake County’s School System White Supremacist?

    NC State business professor Dr. Bart Danielsen asks that question in a thoughtful post on his blog, The Green Apples.  With his permission, I have reposted the piece here.   SYMPTOMS OF A PROBLEM: Growing up in Georgia in the 60s and 70s, I learned about…
    Terry Stoops, June 26, 2020
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    Martin Center’s Leef asks what will replace standardized testing

    George Leef of the Martin Center ponders a future with no standardized testing in college admissions. The COVID-19 pandemic probably won’t kill the SAT, but will no doubt leave it in a badly weakened condition. Both the SAT (and its close competitor, the ACT) have had to cancel administration…
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2020