Carolina Journal Weekly Report

August 07, 2009

Carolina Journal Weekly Report

For the week of August 07, 2009 - carolinajournal.com

Reaction of the Week

RALEIGH — Taking a cue from David Letterman, a John Locke Foundation expert has compiled a new top 10 list to battle misconceptions about North Carolina’s private schools. That list makes up the bulk of a new Parent’s Guide to private schools.

“This guide is a first step in a larger effort to correct decades-old misconceptions,” said Terry Stoops, JLF Education Policy Analyst. “As Benjamin Franklin knew, better information leads to better decisions. Better information about our state’s private schools can help families make more informed choices about the kind of schooling that best meets their children’s needs.”

The parent’s guide is based on survey results Stoops compiled this spring from 117 of North Carolina’s private schools. “Results of this first-of-its-kind survey should help lay some popular myths to rest.”

First on the list is the myth that private schools are not affordable. “The average private elementary day school tuition was $4,889 among schools that responded to our survey,” Stoops said. “The average private middle day school tuition was $5,410. The average private high school tuition was $5,916. Recognizing that some families have difficulty paying for fees and tuition, over two-thirds of all private schools reported that they offered financial aid.”

North Carolina also has more private schools and private school students than some people expect, Stoops said. In 2007-08, 683 private schools enrolled more than 97,600 students.



News Features

CJ: N.C. members of Congress avoid town halls
RALEIGH — A CNN poll released Wednesday found that 71 percent of adult Americans were very likely (41 percent) or somewhat likely (30 percent) to attend a “town hall meeting or some other public forum where voters got a chance to speak” on health-care reform hosted by a member of Congress in their communities.

CJ: Teacher paradise attracts scrutiny
CULLOWHEE — Most people visit Jackson County for the mountain vistas, camping, and trout fishing. Public school teachers come here for the training. The remote county might seem an unlikely site for North Carolina’s only professional development center devoted exclusively to reviving a love of learning in state educators.

Perdue to sign budget
RALEIGH — The legislature gave final approval Wednesday to a $19 billion state budget that raises more than $1 billion in new taxes and fees. The budget plan reduces funding for schools, raises college tuition, closes prisons and makes other cuts. Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat, said Wednesday she would sign the budget, but with reluctance. Perdue said she was unhappy with the education cuts, among other things.

Racial Justice Act passes
RALEIGH — The General Assembly has approved a landmark bill that will allow death-row inmates to challenge the death penalty by arguing that there is systemic racial bias in the way that capital punishment has been applied. Under the bill, which is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Bev Perdue, an inmate will be able to present statistical evidence showing racial disparities in how the death penalty has been used.

Beach Plan fix gets final OK by House
RALEIGH — North Carolina legislators approved reforms to an overextended hurricane-insurance plan that caps potential costs to insurers while spreading the risk of a disaster to every property owner in the state. The House voted 92-19 last night to give final approval to the Beach Plan fix. Legislators had nothing left to say after weeks of working on the hotly debated fix for the state-created but privately run plan.



Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 11:30 a.m.
Health Care Policy Luncheon Briefing
with our special guest Consumer-Driven Health Care Experts
What Small Business Owners Need to Know About Health Care Reform: Why Consumer-Driven Health Care is the Only Way to Reform U.S.Health Care

Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 11:30 a.m.
Health Care Policy Luncheon Briefing
with our special guest Consumer-Driven Health Care Experts
What Small Business Owners Need to Know About Health Care Reform: Why Consumer-Driven Health Care is the Only Way to Reform the U.S. Health Care System

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 11:30 a.m.
Health Care Policy Luncheon Briefing
with our special guests Consumer-Driven Health Care Experts
What Small Business Owners Need To Know About Health Care Reform: Why Consumer-Driven Health Care is the only way to reform the U.S. Health Care System

Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 11:30 am
Health Care Policy Luncheon Briefing
with our special guests Consumer-Driven Health Care Experts
What All Business Owners Need To Know: Why Consumer-Driven Health Care Is the Only Way to Reform U.S. Health Care

Monday, August 24, 2009 at August 24-August 28
Appalachian Institution Retreat
with our special guest Dr. Michael Zuckert
"What the Founders Thought"


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Capital Quotes

I think it’s safe to say North Carolina is one of a handful of states whose economy could be decimated based upon the wrong health care plan.
— Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC, talking to the Associated Press on the health care reform measured proposed by President Obama and being debated in Congress.

We’re giving people false hope by saying the retest number is the real number.
Peter Gorman, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent, commenting to the Raleigh News & Observer on changes in the state’s end-of-grade testing protocol. The state is now allowing students that performed poorly to retake the test, a change that increases the pass rate and leads to more school meeting federal standards.

It’s unconscionable to be bailing out these booster clubs when we’re firing teachers and state employees and cutting mental health programs.
— Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford, commenting to the Raleigh News & Observer on a provision in the state budget that continues to allow out-of-state student athletes at state universities to pay in-state tuition rates.

Lower-end sales and foreclosures are absolutely driving the market.
Joe Clorite, a Keller Williams Realtor, describing conditions in the Charlotte- area housing market to the Charlotte Observer. One in six of the houses sold in the region this year were priced at under $100,000 this year, double the rate before the housing downturn.


On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s Terry Stoops delves into court ruling on who runsK-12 public education in N.C.; the Tax Foundation’s Joe Henchman offers ideas to reform N.C.’s tax system; Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory explains his concerns about health care reform efforts; Dr. C.L. Gray of Physicians for Reform explains why Plato and Hippocrates are affecting today’s thoughts about health care; and JLF's Joe Coletti discusses N.C.’s push to attract film production by expanding incentives. 


NC Spin

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. This week’s show takes a thorough look at the recently passed state budget. This week’s panelists: John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation; Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; Elaine Mejia, Director of the NC Budget and Tax Center; and former Lieutenant Governor Dennis Wicker.


At Issue

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.

 

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