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Monday, March, 30 2015

Notes from the Guilford County education scene

*Education quote of the day—from Guilford Elementary School Spanish teacher Todd Warren regarding the Senate bill that would limit political activity by public school employees(emphasis mine): “Teachers aren’t the most politically active people anyway, but right now there are a lot of people who are afraid for their jobs if they speak out on some […]

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Low levels of toxic vapors at Hanes-Lowrance…now what?

Winston-Salem Journal –which broke the story of groundwater contamination beneath Hanes and Lowrance middle schools —- reports test results by a Raleigh-based environmental consulting firm show toxic vapors are not present in significant levels: Superintendent Beverly Emory said she hopes the report will be the starting point for deciding the property’s future. “I’m hopeful the […]

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N&R peddling anti-SB 36 T-shirts

Saw this ad for “Don’t Tread on Me” T-shirts in Sunday’s N&R Ideas section and again in today’s Life section. Seems to me N&R is trying to profit off its anti-SB 36 stance—yeah I know there’s no specific reference to Sen. Trudy Wade’s bill, but let’s be real here. Is this the proper role for […]

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Gboro civil rights museum introduces new No. 2

Greensboro’s International Civil Rights Center and Museum officially introduces its new No. 2 executive, chief operating officer Bayard “Bay” Love, while interim chief executive officer John Swaine was named to the position on a permanent basis: The museum board’s Chairwoman Deena Hayes-Greene told the News & Record about Swaine’s promotion Monday. The news came during […]

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W-S ‘First Amendment audit’

Just watch, if you’ve got 22 minutes free. Winston-Salem Police Lt. R.B. Rose is now under internal investigation.

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Many questions still surround Guilford County Schools Superintendent Mo Green’s ambitious new strategic plan. One major question is exactly what the Board of Education’s role will be in implementing the plan.

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By The Numbers: What Government Costs in North Carolina Cities and Counties FY 2012

The economic recession that hit full force in 2008 was declared officially over in June 2009 when the country experienced two quarters of very slow growth. But a troubled housing sector and a still-sluggish economy with high unemployment have contributed to the fiscal crises facing many cities and counties in North Carolina. As always, this edition of By the Numbers is must reading for government officials and taxpayers alike. It highlights what kinds of fiscal problems face local governments in an economy that grows only very slowly. With the facts given here, county commissioners and city council members can easily compare their area’s tax burden to similarly situated cities or counties. For taxpayers, BTN is a starting point for questions about taxes and spending, enabling them to hold their elected and appointed officials accountable.

Agenda 2014: A Candidate's Guide to Key Issues in North Carolina Public Policy

Every two years since 1996, coinciding with North Carolina's races for the General Assembly, the John Locke Foundation has published a revised edition of Agenda, our public policy guide for candidates and voters. Typically as we enter the campaign season, candidates for public office in North Carolina are faced with a daunting task: to develop informed positions on dozens of public policy issues. In the pages of Agenda 2014 we provide a concise and easily digestible guide covering a wide range of specific issues, from taxes and spending to energy policy and education.

City and County Issue Guide 2014

Policymakers in the many local governments of North Carolina face a host of important challenges. This issue guide offers solutions to problems that confront North Carolinians at municipal and county levels. The common thread in these recommendations is freedom. By increasing individual freedom, local governments can foster the prosperity of all North Carolinians and keep open avenues to innovative solutions from enterprising citizens.

Carolina Cronyism: Introduction, Overview, and Reforms

Cronyism is an umbrella term covering a host of government activities by which an industry or even a single firm or speculator is given favors and support that they could not attain in market competition. This report explains what opens government to cronyism, gives a brief rundown of recent examples of cronyism in North Carolina, and offers several possible reforms.

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