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The North Carolina Education Lottery has seen many changes since its scandal-soaked enactment in 2005: lots of new games, Mega Millions, even a new headquarters.
The North Carolina Education Lottery has seen many changes since its scandal-soaked enactment in 2005: lots of new games, Mega Millions, even a new headquarters.
 
Republican Davidson County Commissioner Larry Potts has a built-in advantage in his race for the House seat in District 81 - a lot more registered Republicans.
Republican Davidson County Commissioner Larry Potts has a built-in advantage in his race for the House seat in District 81 - a lot more registered Republicans.
 
As the Powerball jackpot soared over a billion dollars, much of the discussion in the Tar Heel State turned to the North Carolina Education Lottery and what that money does for public education.
As the Powerball jackpot soared over a billion dollars, much of the discussion in the Tar Heel State turned to the North Carolina Education Lottery and what that money does for public education.
 
It's graduation season. Public and private schools across the country are turning out freshly-indoctrinated young people into the workforce.
It's graduation season. Public and private schools across the country are turning out freshly-indoctrinated young people into the workforce.
 
From the standards grows an entire industry that seeks to make money "training" educators how to get students to do at least well enough on those tests.
From the standards grows an entire industry that seeks to make money "training" educators how to get students to do at least well enough on those tests.
 
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, few of the fastest growing occupations require a four-year or graduate degree for entry. In this week's CommenTerry, I discuss implications of their findings for North Carolina.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, few of the fastest growing occupations require a four-year or graduate degree for entry. In this week's CommenTerry, I discuss implications of their findings for North Carolina.
 
Politicians just do not know how to teach reading. The sooner they learn that, the better everyone will be.
 
Education is the most important function of state government. While there are some exciting and wonderful things going on in education North Carolina’s outcomes are far from what we want and need.
Education is the most important function of state government. While there are some exciting and wonderful things going on in education North Carolina’s outcomes are far from what we want and need.
 
A number of years ago, our Legislature had a new idea: Let's follow many other states and keep NC Education strong by putting in a Lottery to raise money.
A number of years ago, our Legislature had a new idea: Let's follow many other states and keep NC Education strong by putting in a Lottery to raise money.
 
The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments to the North Carolina Education and Workforce Innovation Commission today.
The Office of Governor Pat McCrory announced the following appointments to the North Carolina Education and Workforce Innovation Commission today.
 
In part I of this two-part series on the shape and direction of education reform in North Carolina, we looked behind the education budget numbers. Now in Part II we discuss this year's legislative steps to address concerns about student achievement, teacher salaries and school vouchers.
In part I of this two-part series on the shape and direction of education reform in North Carolina, we looked behind the education budget numbers. Now in Part II we discuss this year's legislative steps to address concerns about student achievement, teacher salaries and school vouchers.
 
Governor Pat McCrory convened the first North Carolina Education Cabinet meeting in nearly three years today. At the meeting, the group outlined several key goals and objectives to improve our education system.
Governor Pat McCrory convened the first North Carolina Education Cabinet meeting in nearly three years today. At the meeting, the group outlined several key goals and objectives to improve our education system.
 
Once again we hear calls for education reform and like many issues there is some right and some wrong in what is being discussed.
Once again we hear calls for education reform and like many issues there is some right and some wrong in what is being discussed.
 
North Carolina's efforts in improving education appear to be paying dividends. A comparative study of student achievement found our fourth and eighth grade students ranked highly with students in other states and other countries.
North Carolina's efforts in improving education appear to be paying dividends. A comparative study of student achievement found our fourth and eighth grade students ranked highly with students in other states and other countries.
 
There is no shortage of ways to expand school choice in our state. Traditional options include encouraging alternative education options like charter schools, private schools, home schools and online education.
There is no shortage of ways to expand school choice in our state. Traditional options include encouraging alternative education options like charter schools, private schools, home schools and online education.
 
The committee contemplating a strategic plan for our university system was asked an interesting question in their opening session: How much education does North Carolina need?
The committee contemplating a strategic plan for our university system was asked an interesting question in their opening session: How much education does North Carolina need?
 
School accountability comes in two forms. Either parents keep schools accountable by "voting with their feet" or states compel public school districts to administer standardized tests.
School accountability comes in two forms. Either parents keep schools accountable by "voting with their feet" or states compel public school districts to administer standardized tests.
 
In early August, North Carolina education officials announced that the state's graduation rate exceeded 80 percent for the first time. The game of political one-upmanship that followed was legendary.
In early August, North Carolina education officials announced that the state's graduation rate exceeded 80 percent for the first time. The game of political one-upmanship that followed was legendary.
 
In North Carolina, public education is a core fiscal responsibility of state and local government. The state constitution, in the words of the N.C. Supreme Court, recognizes the right to a "sound, basic education" for every child in the state.
In North Carolina, public education is a core fiscal responsibility of state and local government. The state constitution, in the words of the N.C. Supreme Court, recognizes the right to a "sound, basic education" for every child in the state.
 
School choice in North Carolina recently hit a major roadblock when Superior Court Judge Abraham Jones barred a virtual charter school from operating in the state.
School choice in North Carolina recently hit a major roadblock when Superior Court Judge Abraham Jones barred a virtual charter school from operating in the state.
 
I don't often agree with Joe Hackney, the minority leader of the North Carolina House. A longtime Orange County representative who is retiring this year, Hackney previously served as majority leader and speaker.
I don't often agree with Joe Hackney, the minority leader of the North Carolina House. A longtime Orange County representative who is retiring this year, Hackney previously served as majority leader and speaker.
 
If you say that North Carolina's public schools are better than they used to be, you'll get no argument from me.
If you say that North Carolina's public schools are better than they used to be, you'll get no argument from me.
 
Progressives make a point that conservatives ought to take to heart: taxes are far from the only factors that households and businesses take into consideration when deciding where to live, work, invest, shop, or create new businesses.
Progressives make a point that conservatives ought to take to heart: taxes are far from the only factors that households and businesses take into consideration when deciding where to live, work, invest, shop, or create new businesses.
 
Good academic researchers have known for a long time that the best research is that which shows what you thought you already knew was correct.
Good academic researchers have known for a long time that the best research is that which shows what you thought you already knew was correct.
 
We don't know of anyone who has advocated more strongly for reduced state spending than have we. And in general we think the Republican-controlled legislature did a good job of doing just that, with some exceptions.
We don't know of anyone who has advocated more strongly for reduced state spending than have we. And in general we think the Republican-controlled legislature did a good job of doing just that, with some exceptions.
 
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