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September 10, 2010

Albany charter schools: Too black (or not white enough)

Posted by Dr. Terry Stoops at 5:13 PM

According to blogger Joanne Jacobs,

Albany’s charter students (85 percent poor, 96 percent black or Latino) are outperforming students in district-run schools (68 percent poor, 80 percent black or Latino), reports the Albany Times Union. But those poor, little, high-performing charter kids are racially isolated, the Times Union charges in a front-page story. There aren’t enough white students in their classes.

That’s because the Brighter Choice Foundation, which runs all of Albany’s charters, opened schools in the neediest neighborhoods, writes Jason Brooks of Foundation for Education Reform and Accountability.
In May, I wrote about charter school diversity in North Carolina. Follow the link below.

Charter School Diversity: Too black, too white, or just right?

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Hanson tackles the Quran-burning hubbub

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 3:02 PM

Victor Davis Hanson offers National Review Online readers some thoughts about the ongoing controversy:

[O]ur political and military leaders — whether a general, a secretary of defense, or a president — are making a grave mistake by commenting directly on this pathetic figure. If a gesture is needed by our leaders, a simple “The United States ensures freedom of speech, even disturbing expressions of it, and has always paid the subsequent price for ill-manners” would have been enough.

We are at war with radical Islam, from the battlefield in Afghanistan to stealthy terrorists here at home, and we are struggling to win the hearts and minds of Muslim populations in general. But we can’t offer 24/7 exegeses of 300 million Americans’ free speech. No such we-must-be-perfect-to-be-good burden was thought to accompany past wars, even though zealots at home often misinterpreted our efforts against Japanese militarism, German Nazism, or Communism, and despite the fact that our silence sometimes aided and abetted our enemies, both directly and indirectly.

We are reaching the point where the damage done to America’s image by 50 book-burners is outweighed by the damage done by hypersensitivity on the part of the United States government, which hopes to assuage the hurt feelings of those abroad who equate that tiny number with our culture at large — often in an abjectly hypocritical fashion. We know where this leads — to endless efforts to micromanage all of American life to protect the sensitivities of those who, by act and deed, are far more intolerant of different religions and cultures.

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Chesser on N&O on stupid and destructive light bulb regs

Posted by Dr. Roy Cordato at 2:20 PM

Paul Chesser has a very good post on the Spectator Blog regarding an N&O headline describing the closing of the GE's last incandescent light bulb plant and the laying off of 200 people as "progress."

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Richman versus Wolf

Posted by George Leef at 12:40 AM

In his weekly Freeman column Sheldon Richman takes on Martin Wolf (a writer for the Financial Times) over the latter's rejection of libertarian philosophy.

It's no contest, folks. Richman crushes the pathetic objections Wolf raises against a consistent application of the idea that aggression is wrong -- that is, libertarianism.

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New Carolina Journal Online exclusive

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 12:22 AM

The latest Carolina Journal Online exclusive features Sara Burrows' report on the N.C. Supreme Court's consideration of a lawsuit challenging North Carolina's ballot-access restrictions.

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Sowell on intellectuals' batting average

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 11:28 AM

He's written a book on the topic, but the following Thomas Sowell quote about intellectuals' poor accuracy rate comes from the new essay collection Dismantling America

How have intellectuals managed to be so wrong, so often? By thinking that because they are knowledgeable — or even expert — within some narrow band out of the vast spectrum of human concerns, that makes them wise guides to the masses and to the rulers of the nation.

But the ignorance of Ph.D.s is still ignorance, and high-IQ groupthink is still groupthink, which is the antithesis of real thinking.

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I want your money

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 10:47 AM

Just saw the trailer for the documentary I Want Your Money after reading about it in, of all places, the New York Times.

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If college students aren't studying, what are they doing?

Posted by George Leef at 09:13 AM

In today's Pope Center piece Duke Cheston writes about the apparent increase in drug use among college students.

This shouldn't surprise anyone. Combine an academic environment in which, for many students, course demands are low and (thanks to grade inflation) the consequences of sloughing off aren't severe, with students who are enrolled mostly because they've been told that it's essential to get a degree just because it's now expected, and you get a lot of drug abuse.

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This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 07:00 AM

We’ve heard a lot of talk about federal health care reform. Joe Coletti explains in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio that state-level health care deregulation would prove much more useful for improving quality, access, and innovation while reducing costs.

Darrell Allison of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina will explain why his group is concerned about North Carolina’s recent win in the competition for federal Race to the Top grant dollars.

Jane Shaw and Jay Schalin of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy will examine the claim that taxpayer spending on public universities yields large-scale economic benefits.

We’ll also hear a preview from Troy Kickler of the Oct. 2 Citizen’s Constitutional Workshop he and Michael Sanera plan to present in Raleigh.

And we’ll learn about a program targeting lawyers to volunteer their time in the fight against domestic violence in North Carolina.

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New Carolina Journal Online features

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 06:49 AM

This week's Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez's conversation with Joe Coletti about the 60 percent of North Carolina's state budget that attracts almost no attention. 

Karen Palasek's guest Daily Journal reflects on tomorrow's anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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Latest dispatches from the campaign trail

Posted by David N. Bass at 06:30 AM


  • U.S. Sen. Richard Burr turns the tables in a new political ad featuring geezers in rocking chairs. Sound familiar?

  • U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-7th, to host business summit.

  • The Elizabeth City Daily Advance says that Republican Ashley Woolard jumped the gun in calling for G.K. Butterfield to resign in the 1st Congressional District.

  • Former 13th Congressional District GOP candidate Bernie Reeves backs Democrat Jim Leutze in the 8th State Senate District.

  • Burr, Elaine Marshall set to debate twice in October.

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