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UNC BOG: Doing the Right’s dirty work

| March 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch, March 3, 3015. Defunding the Poverty Center is just one small part of a bigger plan for higher ed Last week’s decision by the UNC Board of Governors to dissolve three small academic centers at UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central and ECU (including, most notably of course, the […]

Education muddle

| March 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

Editorial by Greensboro News-Record, March 3, 2015. The Student Success Act replaces No Child Left Behind with “conservative reforms to restore local control and stop top-down education mandates,” House Speaker John Boehner’s office says. Yet, many conservatives, including Republican 6th District Rep. Mark Walker, don’t like it – because it’s a top-down education mandate. Walker introduced […]

Dollar: Nichol’s center had no impact on poverty

| March 3, 2015 | 2 Comments

by Rep. Nelson Dollar, letter to the editor, News and Observer, March 2, 2015. It’s the height of ivory tower elitism for professors to defend the UNC Center on Work, Poverty and Opportunity. It’s the height of absurdity to analogize closing the center with the censorship of E.E. Ericson and John Spencer Bassett, as  Rob Christensen […]

After contentious meeting, Charlotte’s LGBT ordinance fails 6-5

| March 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Ely Portillo and Mark Price, Charlotte Observer, March 2, 2015. Controversial bathroom provision removed before City Council’s final vote After a contentious meeting on Monday, Charlotte City Council voted down the most controversial ordinance it has considered in years, a nondiscrimination proposal that would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to protected categories. […]

Tata defends DOT’s handling of icy roads

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

by David Crabtree, WRAL, March 2, 2015. Freezing rain and black ice contributed to a 13-car pile-up and many other wrecks around the Triangle Sunday morning, leaving some drivers to complain that the accidents could have been avoided if the North Carolina Department of Transportation was better prepared. But Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said Monday […]

Rogue legislators shouldn’t be scorned

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Patrick Gannon, The Insider, March 3, 2015. For someone who listens to many General Assembly debates, it’s refreshing when the most contentious votes don’t come down precisely along party lines. That’s what happened last week in a Senate debate over whether to allow magistrates employed by the state to opt out of performing all […]

NC Competes. How?

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Becki Gray, John Locke Foundation and NC SPIN panelist, March 2, 2015. House Bill 117, NC Competes, makes changes to several of North Carolina’s economic development programs. H.B. 117 moves $20 million that was set aside for a Job Catalyst Fund to a renamed Site Acceleration Fund and modifies the criteria for a single sales […]

A new approach to reducing poverty

| March 2, 2015 | 4 Comments

by Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation, March 2, 2015. Forget income inequality. A real challenge for American public policy reformers involves economic mobility. That’s the argument from Yuval Levin in the latest cover story for Commentary magazine. Among his recommendations for improving mobility is a new approach to “the curse of entrenched poverty.” This would involve the next stage of welfare […]

Wake County wants charter school and calendar flexibility

| March 2, 2015 | 1 Comment

by T. Keung Hui, News and Observer, March 1, 2015. As leaders of North Carolina’s largest school system, Wake County school leaders hope this year to convince state legislators to let them operate their own charter schools and set their own school calendars. Wake school leaders say they want to operate schools with the same […]

Which NC teachers should be paid more?

| March 2, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Julie Ball, Asheville Citizen-Times, March 2, 2015. School districts across North Carolina have submitted plans to the General Assembly regarding teacher pay and which teachers should receive more money. State lawmakers intended to create pilot programs to test some of the plans. But some districts, in submitting their plans, raised concerns about the effectiveness […]