For the week of
June 05, 2009
Reaction of the Week
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s public schools have
added administrators, consultants, and other nonclassroom staffers
faster than they've added students this decade. That’s a key finding in
a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report.
“It’s important to keep this rapid growth of nonclassroom jobs in mind
as N.C. House budget writers recommend cutting positions to help fill
the state government’s budget hole,” said report author Terry Stoops,
John Locke Foundation Education Policy Analyst. “While North Carolina’s
public school enrollment has grown about 13 percent since 2000, the
number of school personnel has grown by nearly 18 percent. Much of that
growth has been outside the classroom.”
In 2003, North Carolina public schools had eight students for every
staff member, Stoops said. “By 2006, that number had dipped to seven
students per staffer,” he said. “There’s one teacher for every 14
students, one teacher assistant for every 45 students, and one
administrative position for every 167 students.”
Much of the growth in school personnel has no direct impact on
classroom instruction, Stoops said. “Since 2000, North Carolina school
districts have added 435 staffers known as ‘consultants’ or ‘supervisors,’ and they’ve added nearly 2,000 people with the even more
vague designation of ‘other professionals.’”
A 2008 study from researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill and East Carolina
highlights the importance of spending money in the classroom, Stoops
said. “This study of North Carolina high school resource allocation
found that the effect of total per pupil expenditures on student
performance is very small,” he said. “Meanwhile, researchers found that
money spent on regular classroom instruction would have a sizeable
impact on student learning outcomes.”
CJ: Mystery group behind dam takeover bid
RALEIGH — A driving force behind the state’s effort to take over a
central North Carolina hydroelectric project owned by Alcoa Power
Generating Inc. is a mysterious group called the North Carolina Water
Rights Committee. The panel is headed by Raleigh City Council member
Nancy McFarlane. She has refused several Carolina Journal requests to be interviewed about her organization.
CJ: Ethanol firm officials plead guilty
RALEIGH — Two principals of a failed ethanol production company each
pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday to one count of conspiracy
after a grand jury indicted them last year on charges also involving
bribery, extortion, and perjury. They will return to court Aug. 31 for
sentencing and could each receive up to five years in prison.
CJ: Greensboro hoping for stimulus dollars
GREENSBORO — The City of Greensboro desperately wants to finish the
revitalization of the Ole Asheboro neighborhood on the south side of
downtown. Finding the money to do so — especially during an economic
downturn — is a totally different matter.
Annual NC conservative rally opposing new taxes
RALEIGH — “Joe the Plumber” says adding taxes on services - like
plumbing, perhaps - isn’t the way to go in North Carolina. Samuel
Wurzelbacher, who became a hero to some Republicans during the
presidential campaign when he challenged Barack Obama on taxes, said
Wednesday at a conservative rally that a tax on more services - such as
those proposed by some General Assembly members - would only get passed
on to consumers.
Apple says it will build NC data warehouse
RALEIGH — Apple Inc. announced Wednesday it would build a data center
in North Carolina, two days after the state Legislature agreed to
special tax breaks designed for the technology giant to invest $1
billion in the project. The confirmation that the maker of Macintosh
computers, iPods and iPhones would build its East Coast data warehouse
somewhere in the state came the same day Gov. Beverly Perdue signed the
incentives bill targeting Apple into law.
Monday, June 08, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
The State of Our Constitution
with our special guests A Distinguished Panel of Experts
The North Carolina Constitution and Property Rights
Monday, June 08, 2009 at 12:00 PM, Noon
A meeting of the Shaftesbury Society
with our special guest Becki Gray
State Government...So Who Cares? An Insider’s Look at the North Carolina General Assembly
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Triangle Freedom Club Meeting
with our special guest Becki Gray
Legislative Update: A Look Behind the Scenes at What Your State Legislature is Doing
Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
Down East Freedom Club Meeting
with our special guest Becki Gray
Legislative Update: A Look Behind the Scenes At What Your Legislators Are Doing
“Who’s going to keep the highways clean if Haywood Correctional Center closes?”
— The Haywood County Commission, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, in a resolution urging that the local state prison be kept open. Despite the state’s large budget deficit, it is proving political difficult to close small, inefficient prisons like the one in Haywood County.
“I think it’s as dead as a doornail.”
— House Minority Leader Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam, D-Wake, describing to the Winston-Salem Journal the odds that the “North Carolina Racial Justice Act” will pass the House. The bill would allow the use of statistical data on race in previous cases to challenge the imposition of the death penalty.
“He just got used.”
— Tom Malinowski, Washington director of Human Rights Watch, commenting to the Asheville Citizen-Times on Rep. Heath Shuler’s, D-11th, trip to Sri Lanka. While there, Shuler praised the Sri Lankan government’s treatment of refugees from its long-running civil war.
“Attendance is up. Donations are down.”
— Paul Galloway, executive director of the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, describing to the Raleigh News & Observer what impact the recession has had on the museum, which does not charge an admission fee.
On The Air This Week…
This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s Joe Coletti analyzes budget cuts being discussed by the N.C. House; Raleigh attorney Gene Boyce, Barton College historian Jeff Broadwater, Wake Forest political scientist John Dinan, and former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr discuss the state constitution and the power of taxation; Rep. Rick Glazier details a program to give public school systems budget flexibility; JLF’s Terry Stoops assesses Rep. Glazier’s proposal; and CJ Radio Co-hosts Donna Martinez and Mitch Kokai banter about the legal and political implications of Judge Sonia Sotamayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
This week on NC Spin…
Join moderator Tom Campbell
for another week of political discussion and debate on the most
intelligent television talk show in the state. Topics this week: The House budget and how it impacts our state; getting shortchanged on federal stimulus dollars; and the nasty battle over who will become the next GOP chairman. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; former Secretary of State and Attorney General Rufus Edmisten; and former House Speaker Joe Mavretic.
This week on At Issue…
Watch At Issue, hosted by Kim Genardo, Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Also available on the web at www.nbc17.com.