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North Carolina's public employees retirement system is underfunded, bled more than $2 billion in red ink in the most recent 12-month period reported, and is outperformed by most other states, data show.
The mainstream media and pundits on both sides of the aisle focus an extraordinary amount of time and energy examining public school funding
This week in North Carolina, the Burr campaign will highlight Senator Burr's work to provide states with more federal funding so they can decide on the most effective ways to help students receive a quality education and to give teachers the resources they need to educate the next generation
Accountability -- and our outdated concept of it -- is a topic Andy Smarick of the Fordham Institute artfully explores in recent blog post "Public Accountability vs. Consumer Accountability".
Yesterday, Senators Thom Tillis joined in a colloquy on the Senate floor to speak about the Democratic filibuster of the FY 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill
Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) again joined Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Steve Daines (R-MT) in a colloquy on the Senate floor to call on Minority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democrats to end their filibuster of the FY 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Jeremy Tedesco regarding guidelines that the Obama administration issued to public schools
By a 60-49 vote, the state House on Thursday passed a bill that would temporarily remove five of North Carolina's lowest-performing public schools from their districts, placing them instead under the supervision of an Achievement School District
NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes criticized Roy Cooper for refusing to sign on to the multi-state lawsuit challenging the Obama administration over its directive mandating school-aged boys and girls be allowed to share the same showers, locker rooms and restrooms. The lawsuit also seeks to preserve...
Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement regarding the Obama administration's mandate on public schools
Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) issued this statement on the Obama administration's directive ordering all public elementary and secondary schools in America to, among other things, allow boys to use girls' showers, restrooms and locker rooms "as a condition of receiving Federal funds"
In response to the White House admitting it won't cut off federal funds to North Carolina, McCrory Campaign Manager Russell Peck released the following statement
State Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said he is "alarmed" that the state Department of Public Instruction and State Board of Education agreed, possibly in violation of state open meetings laws and legislative requirements, to shift funds intended to help children learn to read into maintai
Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) secured an additional $3,225,000 from the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Oregon Inlet, and an additional $1,000,000 for Hatteras Inlet. Last month Congressman Jones sent a letter to Army Corps leadership reminding them of the chronically poor...
Thanks to each and everyone who showed up at the City of Washington 2/8/16 Council meeting! Your presence made a difference, and I think we made a good case for not only continued funding, but also increased funding.
Transportation planners on Monday told a House committee that the cumulative gap between anticipated revenues and projected spending through 2040 would be about $60 billion
State Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, said he is "alarmed" that the state Department of Public Instruction and State Board of Education agreed, possibly in violation of state open meetings laws and legislative requirements, to shift funds intended to help children learn to read into maintai
This is technically a motorcycle and it won't make you a Hell's Angel, but it could make you the "eccentric old guy" who lives down the street and has never really grown up. It could also save you a ton of money.
If you watch the evening news broadcasts or read the local paper, you have been told that more educators than ever are leaving North Carolina to teach elsewhere because the N.C. General Assembly "slashed" public school funding. Most of these stories, however, omit key facts and research findings...
Today, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted against H.R. 4038, The American SAFE Act, which would do nothing to cut off the funding for President Barack Obama's plan to import tens of thousands of Middle Eastern refugees into the U.S.
School choice has always been one of the core principles of the state and national Republican Party
After nearly eight months of lengthy and heated discussion, Republican leaders in the North Carolina Senate and House have come to a consensus on a $21.7 billion state budget for the next two years. Since education comprises the single biggest item in the state budget, there is a lot of interest...
This series, entitled "Cut This, Go Home," includes several budget items that should no longer receive taxpayer funding because they fall well outside the legitimate, core functions of government.
This series, entitled "Cut This, Go Home," includes several budget items that should no longer receive taxpayer funding because they fall well outside the legitimate, core functions of government.
Student loan debt in North Carolina is not a good news-bad news story. It is a bad news-worse news story. Student debt, with a couple of exceptions, has been rising across the board at University of North Carolina schools, both in the percentage of students who need loans and the amount of their...
The truth is that education school enrollment is dropping nationwide. According to the latest Title II reports published by the U.S. Department of Education, there was a 30 percent drop in education school enrollment between the 2008-09 and 2012-13 school years. Nearly 110,000 fewer students...
As budget negotiations for the long-overdue 2015 North Carolina state budget continue, the Civitas Institute would like to remind legislators and taxpayers about opportunities to save real money in the budget - which will enable negotiators to come to an agreement once and for all.
North Carolina lawmakers still cannot agree to a final budget. The Senate saw difficulty in compromise, so they decided to move their economic development and Medicaid reform plans out of the budget and into stand-alone bills. Unfortunately, even with this change, the two chambers were unable to...
In a letter to White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan and several U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leaders, Congressman Jones pointed out that after the presidents' budget requests included an average of $663,000 a year for New River Inlet.
It seemed appropriate that, on the eve of the April 15 tax filing deadline, Guilford County Board of Education member Jeff Belton would take a moment to provide a cautionary tale about government and taxes.
North Carolina's State Park System is made up of 34 state parks, four state recreation areas, and three state natural areas that cost state government $50.8 million last fiscal year.
The bottom line is that the governor's budget would increase K-12 education spending by 2.8 percent or $235 million more than the 2014-15 budget.
Following three years of significant growth in research dollars, East Carolina University now ranks third among the state's public universities in research funding.
U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, last week accused committee Democrats of an "attempt to silence" the John Locke Foundation - and 106 other organizations that have expressed skepticism over apocalyptic claims of the role of human...
New Bern may be best known as the birthplace of Pepsi Co., the world's third largest food and beverage company. But it is also home to one of North Carolina's most financially unstable tourist attractions -- Tryon Palace -- and the neighboring North Carolina History Center.
Politicians these days are all crowing about being "job creators." Gov. Pat McCrory has emptied out the corporate welfare accounts at the Department of Commerce, and he's coming to us (and our legislators on Jones Street) looking for $45 million more.
North Carolina's new Chief Justice Mark Martin wants to modernize the state's judicial system technologically as he seeks more stable funding for the courts.
It's a pleasure to announce that Jenna A. Robinson, currently director of outreach for the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, is about to become our new president. I am retiring, and my last day will be Friday, Feb. 13. I am joining the board of the Pope Center as vice-chairman.
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