Carolina Journal Weekly Report

October 12, 2012

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RALEIGH — North Carolina will move toward paying public school teachers based on their classroom performance — rather than years of service, education levels, or other factors — one day “before long,” according to a top N.C. Senate education budget writer.

Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, offered that prediction reports Carolina Journal during a public exchange with the state’s top elected education official Tuesday in Raleigh. Tillman co-chairs the Senate’s Education/Higher Education Committee, as well as the budget-writing Appropriations subcommittee for education issues.

“On the ABC bonus system, that $90 million was tossed out eventually because it went from truly pay for performance to a mixed bag of ‘Let’s get everybody in on it,’ and we can’t manage that,” Tillman explained to State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson. “I’m just saying that one day we will go to — before long — a truly pay-for-performance [system] based on progress of the students.”

“If you don’t base it on progress that they’ve made under your tutelage, then we’re missing the boat,” Tillman added. “We will go to that.”

Tillman acknowledged that “it may take a little time” to get to the pay-for-performance system. That system might require increasing teachers’ base salary “a little bit,” he said.

News Features

Atkinson faces Tedesco for school superintendent
RALEIGH — This year’s election for North Carolina superintendent of public instruction can be boiled down to a simple concept: insider vs. outsider. The insider is incumbent June Atkinson, 63, a Democrat who became state superintendent following a narrow, contentious, 2004 electoral victory that took months of wrangling to settle.

CJ: Two ‘Genes’ battle for votes in Senate District 25
RALEIGH — Republican Stanly County Commissioner Gene McIntyre and Rockingham Mayor Gene McLaurin, a Democrat, will compete for the North Carolina Senate seat long occupied by seven-term incumbent Bill Purcell, D-Scotland County, one of 11 state senators and six Democrats not seeking re-election.

CJ: Meredith facing tough re-election fight in Senate District 19
FAYETTEVILLE — It is a race between a Republican candidate who describes himself as a “working class man” and a Democratic candidate who says his parents taught him to “tote your own water.”

CJ: Turnout a key in state House District 115
RALEIGH — Republican Nathan Ramsey is promoting his track record of bipartisanship as he campaigns against Asheville Democrat Susan Wilson to represent the left-leaning state House District 115. But Ramsey, a former Buncombe County commissioner, may surprise in the battle for this open seat in the General Assembly.

CJ: Local ballots feature 27 measures
RALEIGH — While there’s no statewide referendum for North Carolina voters to decide during the Nov. 6 general election, citizens across the state will have the task of deciding 27 separate local ballot issues.

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Capital Quotes

Our economy is broken in North Carolina.
— Republican gubernatorial nominee Pat McCrory talking to the Associated Press about the need for tax reform in the state.

If you look at the tough economy that we face, I think a lot of it – the difficulties – were superimposed upon us.
— Democratic gubernatorial nominee Walter Dalton, as quoted by the Associated Press, talking about the state’s economy and rejecting the need for fundamental reforms.

The big challenge is people don’t even know we’re elected. We’re not hitting people’s radar screen.
— N.C. appellate Judge Sam “Jimmy” Ervin IV, as quoted by the Raleigh News & Observer, talking about the challenge of running for election to the N.C. Supreme Court.

North Carolina has developed a national model worth emulating.
Harvey Milkman, a professor of psychology at Metropolitan State University in Denver, talking to the Raleigh News & Observer about North Carolina’s reforms to its juvenile justice system.

On The Air This Week…

Carolina Journal Radio

This week on C J Radio…
JLF’s John Hood analyzes the first gubernatorial debate between Walter Dalton & Pat McCrory; Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York discusses the presidential race; Supreme Court candidates Paul Newby & Sam Ervin IV share their views on judicial precedent; JLF’s John Hood and political consultants Marc Rotterman & Brad Crone offer election projections; and Carolina Journal’s Rick Henderson discusses changes to food truck rules.

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. Topics this week: Public education today; classroom teachers; innovation; and reform. This week’s panelists: Chris Fitzsimon of NC Policy Watch; June Atkinson, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of North Carolina; Mark Edwards, Superintendent of Mooresville Graded Schools; and former legislator Gene Arnold.


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