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Yesterday, ace Carolina Journal reporter Dan Way brought a fascinating yet frightening UNESCO email to my attention. The organization announced a new campaign that calls on teachers "to become advocates for education to help lobby for progress toward achieving the new sustainable development agenda.
Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released student performance data for all schools and school districts in the state. The release included school performance grades, end-of-course and end-of-grade achievement level results, school accountability growth data, the 4-year and...
Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released student performance data for all schools and school districts in the state. The release included school performance grades, end-of-course and end-of-grade achievement level results, school accountability growth data, the 4-year and...
As the nation's sub-par economic recovery continues, tax revenues to state coffers are not rising as rapidly as in past periods of robust economic growth. Some left-leaning groups in North Carolina have attempted to seize upon this as an opportunity to criticize the state's 2013 tax cuts as a...
Remember the old tale about a drunken man crawling around under a lamppost? Dating at least as far back as 1924, the joke starts off with a police officer approaching the drunk to ask what he's looking for. In earlier versions of the joke, it's a dollar bill. In later versions, it's a set of car...
State Rep. Rob Bryan plans to introduce legislation creating a pilot program transforming as many as five perpetually failing elementary schools into charter-like entities under a new Achievement School District with its own superintendent.
Momentum for Governor Pat McCrory's Connect NC bond proposal continues to build as counties across the state express official support for the initiative. Currituck, Cabarrus, Dare and Sampson Counties have all passed resolutions expressing support for placing the Connect NC bonds on the ballot in...
Governor McCrory recognizes that our state's transportation infrastructure plays a critical role in attracting and retaining businesses, while connecting people to jobs, healthcare, education and recreation. That's why he created a 25-year vision to map our future and determine how to best...
Over the past several weeks, I have been discussing some of the silliness surrounding the analysis of lower oil and gasoline prices. It was pointed out here and here that the main reason why lower prices, if sustained, will lead to economic growth is that they will reduce the cost of production...
For the first time, the state has assigned letter grades to each public school in North Carolina. The grades are designed to allow parents and taxpayers to be better informed about the performance of public schools in their areas and statewide.
Religious liberty - which is the first right secured in the Bill of Rights - has won again in the nation's highest court. In a unanimous decision this week (Holt v. Hobbs), the U.S. Supreme Court has held that an Arkansas state prison policy that prohibited inmates from growing beards...
The bottom line is that the governor's budget would increase K-12 education spending by 2.8 percent or $235 million more than the 2014-15 budget.
In previous years, Republicans rightly attacked then-Gov. Bev. Perdue's use of economic incentives to promote growth in North Carolina. Since taking control of the state, however, they have regrettably changed their tune. Gov. Pat McCrory and then-Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker last year urged...
North Carolina's historic 2013 tax reform drastically improved our state's tax climate, making the Tar Heel State far more competitive for job and investment growth. The Tax Foundation credited the tax changes for North Carolina's dramatic increase from the 7th worst business tax climate in the...
Each year, you have all kinds of groups ranking members of Congress according to their voting records. The Club For Growth, for instance, champions the concepts of limited government and fiscal conservatism.
To hear some policymakers talk, one would think colleges and universities exist mainly to enhance economic growth rather than to educate.
If you want to understand the debate about how best to promote growth within a capitalist society, start with the root word: capital.
If North Carolina's tax burden has no effect on business decisions and the performance of the economy, as left-of-center politicians and editorialists have repeatedly insisted, then why are they so enamored with targeted tax breaks?
As you may have heard, there is good news out of the state capital: General Fund revenue is now projected to grow significantly faster than budget officials and legislative staffers had once thought. The bad news, however, is that within minutes of this announcement, the spending lobbies and...
Not much, it would seem. Yet according to the latest data, they are among the states leading the national pack in economic performance. The closer you look at the list of top performers, the more you start to see patterns that help explain why some states are faring well and others aren't within...
As the 2014 election cycle draws to a close, few states have drawn so much national attention as North Carolina, thanks to the tight Hagan-Tillis race, the dramatic turn in state government from blue to red, and our status as a presidential swing state in 2008 and 2012.
Which picture of North Carolina's recent past is more accurate? I'll call the two alternatives Tar Heel Limbo and Tar Heel Heaven. (And, no, I'm not referring to the fake-class scandal at UNC-Chapel Hill. That's clearly Tar Heel Hell.)
When the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released school performance grades earlier this month, public school advocacy groups noted that the grades reflected the socio-economic makeup of the schools. They observed that schools with few students receiving free and reduced-price lunches...
In 2013, the N.C. General Assembly implemented an A-F school grading system for all public schools in the state. Two years later, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction has released school performance grades for the first time. These grades reflect the performance of schools for the 2013-14...
While last-minute filers across the country rush to a post office or computer terminal to file their 2014 income tax returns, North Carolinians are within 24 hours of reaching an important date for this year - Tax Freedom Day.
Energy is necessary for just about everything we do. And when the cost of energy goes up, we pay more over and over and over. Residential customers pay more to keep the lights on and the refrigerator running. Business owners pay more to keep the lights on and the machines running. Consumers pay...
According to most economic indicators, North Carolina's economy is on the upswing. Job growth exceeds the regional and national averages. The state's recent decline in unemployment - even when you include discouraged workers who've dropped out of the labor force - is one of the largest in the...
Countering arguments that Medicaid expansion would benefit North Carolina's economy, a new report from the national group State Budget Solutions estimates that expansion actually would lead to a $6.4 billion hit in future personal income growth.
According to a recent High Point University poll, North Carolinians feel better about the direction of the economy than they have in many years. According to just-released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolinians seem to have a pretty good grasp of what's going on in their jo
The bottom line is that the governor's budget would increase K-12 education spending by 2.8 percent, or $235 million more, than the 2014-15 N.C. state budget.
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