TAX CUTS DON’T THREATEN EDUCATION. A BAD SYSTEM DOES

With Senate reformers pushing their billion dollar, middle class tax cut plan, howls that education will be destroyed are already out. Get a grip. Since reformers took charge, education has increased $1.6 billion a year. What is good for education is a thriving private sector. That generates money for government, including education. Tax cuts help create the economic growth to … Read More

TEACHER RAISES? YES. BUT RAISE STANDARDS, TOO.

Roy Cooper wants another half billion dollars for teacher raises. Another double-digit raise: 10%. That probably polls well. But does the public really know what teachers really make? In the last three years, the Legislature’s reform majority raised teacher pay 15% to an average salary of nearly $50,000. Add another $16,400 in benefits – lifetime healthcare, retirement and the employer’s … Read More

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 raises or changing the tenure … Read More

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 could throw everything in the … Read More

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 Faculty Assembly detests: the conservative … Read More

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 bureaucrats to ignore the conservative … Read More

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 Iler are raising a warning … Read More

TOO MANY COACHES IN UNC PRESS BOX 

What would happen if the UNC football team had 32 offensive coordinators up in the press box trying to call plays? A mess. But the UNC Board of Governors has 32 members and 17 campus boards under the BOG with each campus board larded up with a gaggle of political appointees. And that’s definitely too many coaches confusing the quarterback … Read More

DON’T PULL THE TRIGGER

Remember the political bazooka that candidate Roy Cooper unloaded on Governor Pat McCrory last fall? Here it is: There was a lot wrong with this ad, of course. It was disingenuous. It didn’t tell us the whole story. It cited bogus statistics. And it didn’t bother to mention that the teacher supposedly packing her bags for Virginia would probably make … Read More