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I am a community college failure. Or perhaps I should say, I helped fail one community college. Decades ago, after receiving my bachelor's degree, I enrolled in a few community college math and statistics classes to prepare for graduate school. Had I not taken those classes, I doubt that I would hav
The N.C. Division of Non-Public Education is the state agency responsible for home and private school oversight and data collection. This week, the agency published annual private and home school statistics for the 2014-15 school year.
Over the past 12 months, the nation as a whole has added nearly three million net new jobs
While North Carolina's unemployment rate currently stands at just under 6 percent, some argue that problems in the state's labor market are worse than that one statistic would indicate.
The N.C. Division of Non-Public Education is the state agency responsible for home and private school oversight and data collection. This week, the agency published annual private and home school statistics for the 2014-15 school year.
The job rationale for going to college is intense these days, especially now that there are statistics from state governments showing that some majors offer dismal prospects while others are high-paying.
A new report from the Center for American Progress claims that the "Great Recession" devastated public university investments nationwide. Specifically, it says that over a five-year period, tuition has skyrocketed, states have withdrawn public investment, and low-income families have been pushed...
When the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest jobs report on December 19, most North Carolina politicians, journalists, economists, and policy analysts immediately zeroed in on the state's recent performance.
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
Two years ago, the federal government quietly abandoned its $60 million effort to isolate "green jobs" from employment in other sectors of the economy, a campaign that one key congressman called little more than "propaganda designed to advance a misleading political narrative" and that a former...
A report from a renewable energy industry group fails in its goal of deflecting attention away from costs generated by North Carolina's renewable energy mandate. That's the assessment of a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report...
A new report from the Center for American Progress claims that the "Great Recession" devastated public university investments nationwide. Specifically, it says that over a five-year period, tuition has skyrocketed, states have withdrawn public investment, and low-income families have been pushed...
When the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest jobs report on December 19, most North Carolina politicians, journalists, economists, and policy analysts immediately zeroed in on the state's recent performance.
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
Two years ago, the federal government quietly abandoned its $60 million effort to isolate "green jobs" from employment in other sectors of the economy, a campaign that one key congressman called little more than "propaganda designed to advance a misleading political narrative" and that a former...
A report from a renewable energy industry group fails in its goal of deflecting attention away from costs generated by North Carolina's renewable energy mandate. That's the assessment of a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report...
The job rationale for going to college is intense these days, especially now that there are statistics from state governments showing that some majors offer dismal prospects while others are high-paying.
When the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest jobs report on December 19, most North Carolina politicians, journalists, economists, and policy analysts immediately zeroed in on the state's recent performance.
A new report from the Center for American Progress claims that the "Great Recession" devastated public university investments nationwide. Specifically, it says that over a five-year period, tuition has skyrocketed, states have withdrawn public investment, and low-income families have been pushed...
Two years ago, the federal government quietly abandoned its $60 million effort to isolate "green jobs" from employment in other sectors of the economy, a campaign that one key congressman called little more than "propaganda designed to advance a misleading political narrative" and that a former...
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
A report from a renewable energy industry group fails in its goal of deflecting attention away from costs generated by North Carolina's renewable energy mandate. That's the assessment of a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report...
I have been discussing teacher pay rankings for years. In fact, three years ago I wrote a newsletter piece titled, Education spending in North Carolina: The ranking problem. In that piece, I outlined the major problems associated with the National Education Association (NEA) rankings of teacher...
The next time you see or hear a politician, policy analyst, activist, or journalist say that North Carolina's unemployment rate has fallen "largely" because of workers dropping out of the labor force, ask for a definition of the term.
If all you know about North Carolina's recent economic performance is what you get from Twitter feeds, partisan press releases, or brief mentions on television newscasts, then much of what you "know" is flat wrong.
It's certainly reasonable for people to use the unemployment rate and the number of jobs created to evaluate the performance of an economy.
Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Transportation Secretary Tony Tata announced today that 90.6 percent of drivers and passengers in North Carolina are wearing their seat belts.
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