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Tax Reform: “Don’t tax you, don’t tax me, tax that fellow behind the tree!”

| December 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Jeanne Milliken Bonds In October 1986, just shy of my 24th birthday, I was sleeping in the Hall of States in the US Capitol using my big ole bag phone as a pillow (yes, a Bag cell phone with each minute costing 2 bucks). I was working on the Tax Reform Act of 1986. […]

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Problems or promise? Experts discuss the privatization of public education

| October 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Lucy Hood The inherent tension that exists between individual liberty and the common good has played out in myriad ways for America’s schoolchildren. It’s been the fault line for everything from school finance decisions to desegregation disputes, and it’s at the core of the debate over charter schools and voucher programs. “We consider schools […]

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Dismantling the Dix Legacy: The End of Compassion

| October 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

The physical abandonment of the Dorothea Dix campus in Raleigh is a final exclamation point on the state’s moral abandonment of the mentally ill, essentially returning us to mid-19th century conditions when the mentally ill were confined to jails, locked in attics or hidden from sight in poorhouses. Dorothea Dix, a champion for the mentally […]

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SPIN This Week – October 28

| October 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss Elections almost here, How Much Education do we Need, and 80 on 95. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation, Cash Michaels, Journalist, and Connie Wilson, former legislator Air Times  

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SPIN This Week- October 21

| October 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss Election Update, How Much Education do we Need, RTP Seeks to revise, renew and revitalize, and The Friday Legacy Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President, The John Locke Foundation, Phil Kirk, former chair, State Board […]

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Passing the Torch

| October 18, 2012 | 1 Comment

Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill was filled with princes and paupers gathered to pay tribute to Bill Friday. This wonderful memorial to an iconic leader was punctuated by the benediction from his longtime assistant, Virginia Taylor, who likened Friday to the words of George Bernard Shaw: “I am of the opinion that my life belongs […]

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How much education?

| October 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

The committee contemplating a strategic plan for our university system was asked an interesting question in their opening session: How much education does North Carolina need? Might we suggest that a more essential first question might be: What is the purpose of an education? The website www.nceducate.com provides an answer. “The mission of North Carolina’s […]

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SPIN This Week – October 14

| October 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as we discuss public education today, classroom teachers, innovation and reform. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are special guests June Atkinson, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of North Carolina, Mark Edwards, Superintendent of Mooresville Graded Schools in Mooresville and panelists Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy […]

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SPIN This Week – October 7

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tune into NC SPIN this week as our panelists discuss the elections, changes at the top, and Wake Superintendent. Joining moderator Tom Campbell this week are Brad Crone, Political Consultant, Chris Fitzsimon, Director of NC Policy Watch, John Hood, President of the John Locke Foundation and Doug Raymond, Political Consultant Air Times  

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The Mooresville Model

| October 4, 2012 | 1 Comment

Just about everyone agrees on the value and importance of education. North Carolina allocates roughly fifty cents of ever dollar in our state budget to education, and while we appreciate our dedicated teachers and acknowledge the good things happening in our schools there are enough problems and challenges in meeting 21st century demands to warrant […]

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