Posted in Campaign 2012 Economy Education Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics Thom Tillis

Now you’re talking, Mr. Speaker!

    NC state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) recently speculated publicly about selling off state assets — like a hospital and a railroad — to help state government get its financial affairs in order.  Of course, the Chapel Hill – Carrboro crowd is P.O.’ed:…

Posted in Economy Education Law & Order NC legislature NC State Government Politics

Judicial tyranny at its worst …

Superior Court Judge Howard Manning has said the state MUST fully fund pre-K classes, and that state legislators have no recourse but to do what he says.  Wow. One lawyer in black robes, elected by a few counties, has the power to create a constitutional…

Posted in Bev Perdue Democrats Economy Education Media NC legislature NC State Government NCGOP Politics Republicans

Dems and the N&O: The sky is STILL falling! Seriously. We swear! (Would we lie to you?)

State Democrats and their allies in the teachers union are STILL trying to beat up on conservatives in the legislature for the budget recently passed by both chambers despite the protests of most of that body’s Democrats and the veto of Madame Governor. It’s the…

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YES, there IS life AFTER government funding …

The recently passed state budget cut out funding for the North Carolina Governor’s School,  and The Left quickly pounced on that as another piece of evidence of how conservatives want to hurt the state’s children. What were our state’s most academically gifted children to do without an…

Posted in Economy Education Moore County NC State Government

A twisted definition of ‘success’

We in Moore County just received news that only THREE of our 22 county schools achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status under the federal No Child Left Behind Law. … “Every year, I look at the [AYP] results and what’s going on in the classroom,”…

Posted in Economy Education Law & Order Media NC legislature Politics

Look at me! I’m on TV !!!

Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning, Jr. is quite passionate about educating North Carolina’s children.  He is so passionate about it that he often tiptoes up to the line, which separates the state’s legislative and judicial branches, and calls for  changes in education policy…

Posted in Education Media NC State Government

Public school shortcomings blamed on everyone BUT the true culprits

Reports have been all over the mainstream media lately about teachers in Atlanta public schools being caught helping their kids CHEAT on system-wide standardized tests meant to measure students’ progress: Teachers spent nights huddled in a back room, erasing wrong answers on students’ test sheets…

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ANOTHER sensible idea emanating from Raleigh …

This is getting kinda scary.  Some in the GOP legislative majority are proposing merging several small community colleges in order to save the state some money.   Florence and Darlington Counties in South Carolina have done well — for AGES — with Florence-Darlington Technical College….

Posted in Education NC legislature NC State Government Politics

A good first step toward reforming public education

The Raleigh-based John Locke Foundation has hit on an idea that I have been bouncing around for a while, as well.   JLF’s Terry Stoops is calling for the state to drop certification requirements for teachers in public schools’ virtual classrooms: “Teacher certification requirements are…