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Friday, November, 28 2014

Dudley’s season wiped out

Forget for a moment being banished from the playoffs—as the No. 1 seed no less —- now we learned Greensboro Dudley High School’s entire football season has been wiped out. Dudley will forfeit all 10 regular season games for dressing JV players, which is the offense that got the Panthers kicked out of the playoffs. […]

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Gboro downtown research campus scaled back

Guilford County Commissioners get heartburn –as the N&R puts it — and scale back funding for the proposed downtown Greensboro Union Square Campus. This means two things — the building that will make up the first phase of the campus will be three stories instead of four and will be built on Arlington and Lee […]

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Elon’s ‘freshman’ controversy goes national

After news that Elon University banned the term freshman goes national, the university’s VP of communications steps in and clarifies: Elon University has not banned the word “freshman,” and there is no university policy against using the word, according to Vice-President of University Communications Dan Anderson. ….In The College Fix article, published Nov. 19, Stancy […]

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Testy redistricting debate

WFDD’s Paul Garber makes the case that Republican landslides in 2014 General Assembly races were the result of gerrymandered districts, but Sen. Bob Rucho –who chaired the Senate redistricting committee– was having none of it. Interesting interview— listen here.

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Elon U. has officially lost it

Elon University has officially dropped the term freshman, replacing it with “first year student.” Maybe –just maybe –I can understand that ‘freshman’ is an outdated term, as Elon’s ‘director of inclusivity’ Leigh-Anne Royster explains. But she couldn’t just stop there: Royster stated the word “freshman” naturally insinuates a hierarchy among students on campus. She said […]

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Questions Surround Guilford Strategic Plan

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.

Annexation Rules Could Generate Major Debates in 2009

Municipal annexation will take center stage during the General Assembly’s new session as the N.C. League of Municipalities deals with efforts to reform the state’s annexation laws put forth by property owners upset over paying city taxes for services they don’t need or want.

It's not easy being green

“Green” schools appear to be a growing trend in public education nationally and in North Carolina. But school systems are quickly finding out that green schools cost quite a bit of green money.

Greensboro facing 10 bond votes

Greensboro residents will have the opportunity to place a dollar value on culture and entertainment this fall. But they could be spending much more than the cost of the average ticket.

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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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