Supporters of North Carolina's public universities frequently call those schools the state's economic engine. They say increased investment in higher education will promote economic growth.
Is that true? A new report from the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy examines that question. Report author Jay Schalin and N.C. State economist Doug Pearce examined its findings during a public presentation today in Raleigh.
Click the play button below to watch the 54:45 presentation.
On a sweltering morning in downtown Raleigh, Carolina Journal Executive Editor Don Carrington took these photos at the NAACP-led demonstration protesting the Wake County school board's assignment policies.
Several hundred protesters gathered on the Fayetteville Street Mall
At the podium, Temple Beth Or Rabbi Lucy HF Dinner
North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber
Durham author and activist Tim Tyson
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church Pastor Nancy E. Petty
We'll have more photos and a video report from related activities later today.
North Carolina's State Treasurer unveils a new tool on her website aimed at making city and county governments more transparent. You can access five years of info on fund balances, solvency, how much they dependency on other governmental entities for funds and more. Also encouraging transparency among NC governmental entities, see NCTransparency.com
This dynamite story from The Daily Caller (WARNING: LANGUAGE) puts a lie to the claim, from Washington Post bloggerkind Ezra Klein, that the secretive, Beltway-centric left-wing group Journolist was little more than
An insulated space where the lure of a smart, ongoing conversation would encourage journalists, policy experts and assorted other observers to share their insights with one another. The eventual irony of the list was that it came to be viewed as a secretive conspiracy, when in fact it was always a fractious and freewheeling conversation meant to open the closed relationship between a reporter and his source to a wider audience.
Conservatives always suspected that the "secretive conspiracy" description was closer to the truth, and this thread leaked by liberal blogger Mickey Kaus (WARNING: LANGUAGE) certainly reinforced those suspicions.
Daily Caller provides plenty more ammo. The online publication got hold of conversations that took place among Journolisters when the Rev. Jeremiah Wright brouhaha flared up in 2008.
According to records obtained by The Daily Caller, at several points during the 2008 presidential campaign a group of liberal journalists took radical steps to protect their favored candidate [Barack Obama]. Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage.
In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”
Michael Tomasky, a writer for the Guardian, also tried to rally his fellow members of Journolist: “Listen folks – in my opinion, we all have to do what we can to kill ABC and this idiocy in whatever venues we have. This isn’t about defending Obama. This is about how the [mainstream media] kills any chance of discourse that actually serves the people.”
Ah yes. It's all about "the people."
Read the whole thing, as they say. And keep in mind how the left used manufactured and overheated rhetoric to serve a political cause in this instance. And how similarly coordinated (and inauthentic) messages might be deployed today, and in future debates about K-12 education in Wake County and elsewhere in North Carolina, as John Hood noted in this morning's Daily Journal.
Waiting for Superman is a new movie from the director of "An Inconvenient Truth" (who sent his own children to private schools) looks at the failure of public schools and the promise of charter schools for those fortunate few who win the entrance lotteries.
Opponents of neighborhood schools in Wake County crowed last week that improving test scores demonstrated the value of the old diversity policy. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools had similar test results, even though the school system has neighborhood schools and lower historical performance. If you had any doubts, it should be clearer that today's protesters can't rely on the law or the facts to make their case.
Among the new batch of opinions released this morning from the N.C. Court of Appeals:
An appellate panel ruled 2-1 in favor of Rowan Salisbury Schools in a worker's compensation dispute with a high school teacher who injured her knee while walking up the school's stairs.
A unanimous three-judge panel reversed a lower court ruling and instead favored Haywood County in a lawsuit linked to a 2006 scuffle at the county sheriff's department office.
A unanimous three-judge panel affirmed the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services' ruling in a certificate-of-need dispute involving the purchase of a "linear accelerator" by Cancer Centers of North Carolina and AOR Management Company of Virginia. Rex Hospital, Cary Urology, and Wake Radiology Oncology Services had challenged the CON ruling.
A unanimous three-judge panel offered a mixed ruling in a lawsuit involving Gaston County 911 call center employees. The appellate judges affirmed a trial court ruling blocking a lawsuit against the employees in their official capacity but remanded the case to the lower court to resolve other issues.
An appellate panel ruled 2-1 in favor of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority in a dispute with a property owner over sewer and utility easements.