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CHOICES AND COOPERATION

In his budget and State of the State address, Governor Cooper dumped a grab bag full of spending notions on the table while avoiding choices. Example: The Governor wants double-digit raises for teachers who already average about $50,000 a year. Equal raises for good teachers and bad teachers. Nothing about rewarding our best with bigger […]

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VOTERS SHOULD GET CHANCE TO MAKE SCHOOL CHOICE PERMANENT

Governor Cooper’s budget denies parents an opportunity to choose a better school for their child by eliminating opportunity scholarships going forward. So what? Cooper is facing a veto proof majority, right? So his budget is dead on arrival. But what about next year’s election? The U. S. Supreme Court has Redistricting on the docket that […]

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THE LAZY AND THE GREEDY AGAINST THE NEEDY

Anyone glancing at statistics on student debt will conclude millennials are having a rough time financially. So we raised an eyebrow when the UNC Faculty Assembly trashed the Board of Governors and the Legislature for a myriad of sins, demanding accreditation agencies stop the push for reform in the UNC System. Among the sins the […]

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HOW NOT TO SPEND THE SURPLUS

With conservative economic reforms working, North Carolina now has a half-billion dollar budget surplus. Fair minds can debate what to do with an extra $550 million. Return it to taxpayers? More Rainy Day savings? Teacher raises? All of the above? More on that in the coming weeks. Here’s what legislators should NOT do: allow school […]

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BE CAREFUL ON CLASS SIZE

So now a House Committee has passed a bill allowing school bureaucrats to raise class size so they can keep using teacher money for other things. And Democrat ad makers are smiling as Republicans walk closer to the trap of being accused of raising class size and cutting teachers. Smart House members like Reps. Dixon and […]

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THE WARPED WORLD OF NC’S TEACHERS UNION

The top 25% of North Carolina’s 3rd grade reading teachers are getting a merit pay bonus of up to $3,500 based on the amount of improvement their students demonstrate on reading tests. The Washington Post reported a Harvard study proved paying teachers for performance boosts student outcomes. And incentives for better performance on the job […]

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KING COOPER’S MEDICAID DECREE?

Barack Obama tried to be a one-man ruler by executive order (a precedent liberals are suddenly concerned might come back to bite them.) Now with a rubber stamp Supreme Court, we hear Governor Cooper is planning Medicaid expansion by executive order. That would be illegal, since the legislature appropriates money and nothing is appropriated for […]

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