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From time to time, the Pope Center brings speakers to colleges in North Carolina to share ideas that are neglected on campus. Surprisingly, those ideas include aspects of entrepreneurship.
Should public universities be allowed to derecognize a Christian student group because it requires members to be Christian? Astoundingly, the courts say yes. Ever since the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, the courts have allowed universities this power.
It's easy for young students to be dazzled when they hear that going to college will earn them an extra $1 million in their lifetime. Or when they see headlines touting high-paying majors and new graduates' success stories.
In most states, community colleges offer only associate degrees in nursing, which require two to three years of education. But in five states Florida, Indiana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Washington they offer a four-year nursing bachelor's degree.
For a long time, those of us who argue that higher education's standards are eroding had to point to anecdotes to support our case.
General education is not given the respect and attention it deserves in the great majority of US colleges and universities, North Carolina State University included. Largely because of campus politics, political correctness, and pandering to students, at most colleges it has become an academic...
When the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released its first comprehensive review of education programs in 2013, many K-12 education reformers were enthusiastic. Prominent news coverage and support from school superintendents called attention to the need to improve teacher preparation.
It tells a gripping story. The 131-page report by Kenneth L. Wainstein and his colleagues peels back 18 years of scandalous secrecy at UNC-Chapel Hill to reveal that between 1993 and 2011, more than 3,100 students took "paper classes."
College syllabi are handed out en masse at the beginning of a course for students. Sometimes they're kept and carefully followed; sometimes they're tossed away when the student decides not to take the course after all. Professors often post their syllabi online. They're certainly not treated like cr
Eduardo Porter, who writes "The Economic Scene" for the New York Times, says our country's higher education system is in crisis and that he has a solution.
From 2009 to 2013, the University of North Carolina system gradually increased its minimum admission standards. Students entering UNC schools this fall had to score at least 800 on combined math and verbal SAT tests to be admitted.

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Government

Press Release:
Fair themed "The October Original"
Raleigh, N.C. - The North Carolina State Fair opens today, and Governor Pat McCrory is encouraging citizens from throughout the state to make the trip to the fairgrounds in Raleigh to be a part of this annual state tradition.

"Come experience the rides, food and exhibits of the best North Carolina agriculture has to offer," Governor McCrory said. "The State Fair is a North Carolina tradition, and it should be one for your family as well. Not only is it fun, but it's educational as well; the Fair provides a showcase for some of our state's largest and most important industries."

The governor also stressed the importance of supporting the state's agricultural industry and learning more about its proud and distinguished role in North Carolina history and its future. Agricultural exhibits and competitions remain the foundation of the Fai... (read more)
News Release:
Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory has asked North Carolina education, law enforcement, mental health, government and business leaders to work together with the North Carolina Center for Safer Schools to focus the public's attention on methods to ensure all state schools are safe as Safer Schools Week is observed this week, Oct. 19-25, 2014.

"The N.C. Center for Safer Schools has recently updated me on the progress it has made over the past year in partnership with state and local agencies, schools and communities to ensure our children are kept safe while they are learning," Governor McCrory said. "As we observe Safer Schools Week, I encourage all North Carolinians to become active in your children's lives and in their schools, and learn how you can help keep our schools safe and secure."

Established by Governor McCrory in 2013, the N.C. Center for Safer Schools... (read more)

Op-Ed & Politics

Publisher's note: The John William Pope Center for Education Policy provides a treasure trove of information suggesting the better path forward in regards to North Carolina's number one issue - public education. Public education, at all levels, requires a significant amount of funding from our state government, and all one hundred North Carolina counties, so it is essential that leaders effecting education policy get it right, and know that concerned entities, like the John William Pope Center, will be minding their progress to do so. We welcome the John William Pope Center for Education Policy to our growing readership, and expect our readers to learn all they can to do their part in this wise endeavor to better educate our People.

The author of this post is Jane S. Shaw.

From time to time, the Pope Center brings speakers to colleges in North Carolina to share ideas that are neglec... (read more)
Publisher's note: The John William Pope Center for Education Policy provides a treasure trove of information suggesting the better path forward in regards to North Carolina's number one issue - public education. Public education, at all levels, requires a significant amount of funding from our state government, and all one hundred North Carolina counties, so it is essential that leaders effecting education policy get it right, and know that concerned entities, like the John William Pope Center, will be minding their progress to do so. We welcome the John William Pope Center for Education Policy to our growing readership, and expect our readers to learn all they can to do their part in this wise endeavor to better educate our People.

The author of this post is Harry Painter.

Should public universities be allowed to derecognize a Christian student group because it requires members to ... (read more)

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Community

Press Release

Rodney Darnell Putney On Saturday, May 24, 2014 the Washington Police Department arrested Rodney Darnell Putney, age 25, of Washington Street Washington. Putney was charged with burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of firearm by a felon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and kidnapping.

Additional charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing. Putney was placed in Beaufort County Detention Center with no bond pending appearances.

Officer William Chrismon
Washington City Police... (read more)

Business

A meeting was held in Edenton on Nov 22 in order that local citizens will understand the benefits, or detriments, to the community regarding wind farms. The meeting included a 2 hr. video and the moderator was John Droz of Morehead City, who is a retired Physicist and Environmental Advocate. He has been retired from the General Electric Aerospace Engineering Division located in Utica NY, for 30 yrs. and undertook this project on his own and at his expense without contributions from any outside entity. As he stated, he wants the decisions about whether communities agree, or disagree with this project, to fully understand the science and arguments, for and against.

In N C, the beginnings of this process originated with Senate Bill, SB 3, during the Perdue administration when her party was in control of the House and Senate. When the legislature changed to Republican control of both cham... (read more)

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The Region

Publisher's note: The author of this post, Kelly Setzer, is a contributor to ECU News Services.

Attorney General visits ECU on multi-campus tour
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper visited East Carolina University on Thursday as part of an initiative to educate college consumers on making wise financial choices.

ECU junior Ashley Griffith, center, said she appreciated the opportunity to learn about resources available for financial wellbeing. Cooper hosted approximately 35 ECU students and guests in Mendenhall Student Center for the College Cash & Credit Tour. The event featured presentations from experts in his Consumer Protection Division on student loans, credit and debit cards and the risks of identity theft.

"We want to offer tips today to make your lives easier and to help you avoid financial problems in the future," Cooper told students in attendance. "It's also reall... (read more)

The Arts

Publisher's note: This contribution from Eric Brownlee offers a cogent opinion, from on a visible issue, with his opinion just below Mark Bauerlein's post.

I don't have one. Those of my Baby Boomer Generation were taught that they were ugly and a form of self-abuse. Only sailors or roughnecks had them. The women who did were supposed to be circus performers or other "low" forms of society in the female side.

How that has changed in the last 40 years! Now, everybody seems to have a tat.

We passed a truck going through Washington last night. The lady driving it had an intricate sleeve hanging by the driver's window. It was eye-catching. It had to be more than painful and expensive to get. Why would she do it?

My son is a Senior Chief in the USCG. He got his big bulldog on the shoulder blade during a cruise aboard the USCGC Diligence out of Wilmington. My older daughter ... (read more)
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Images provided by Universal Pictures The highly anticipated sequel to last year's disappointment to movie-goers from Blumhouse Productions', The Purge, hit the box office last Friday (July 18th 2014) titled The Purge: Anarchy. The original movie was not what most people were interested in, including myself; I was only interested in the idea of The Purge, not people hiding in a house with no lights on whilst anarchist (pun?) raid the home, then everyone takes each other hostage for ninety minutes. The Purge: Anarchy is almost the exact opposite of its prequel.

The original movie was primarily composed of the cheapest jump scares I've ever seen (refrigerator closes revealing person behind the door cliché) even when not necessary. The Purge: Anarchy, however, does not do this; in fact I found it more of an action movie than of the horror genre. In The Pu... (read more)

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Living

For Immediate Release

Raleigh, N.C. DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos announced today that Kendra Gerlach will join the DHHS leadership team as the director of the Office of Communications.

Gerlach, 42, is a native North Carolinian and skilled communicator with fifteen years of experience in health care public relations and five years of experience as a newspaper journalist. Most recently, she held marketing strategy and public relations leadership positions at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta. Prior to working at Emory Healthcare, Kendra held similar positions at Atlanta Medical Center and New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC.

"As evidenced by our recent communication efforts about North Carolina's readiness to identify and respond to a potential case of Ebola, DHHS' Office of Communications is essential to our efforts to protect the health and safety of all North Carolin... (read more)

Announcements

Press Release:

This Saturday, June 23, 2012, there will be a PraiseFest event on Washington's Waterfront from from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.

See the image below for all of the details:... (read more)

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