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    Dropout Prevention Grants: An Update

    posted September 15, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    During the last legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly voted to reestablish the Committee on Dropout Prevention and add $15 million to the existing $7 million for dropout prevention grants. The purpose of the dropout prevention grants is to raise the graduation rate. Among districts receiving grants last year, 27 of 38 had a declining graduation rate from the 2006-07 school year to the 2007-08 school year.
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    The New Raleigh Convention Center: A taxpayer-funded money pit

    posted September 3, 2008 by Dr. Michael Sanera
    Although many Raleigh and Wake County taxpayers do not realize it, city and county officials knew from the beginning that the new Raleigh Convention Center would require taxpayers to pay for large operational losses and even pay large subsidies to organizations to use the facility. Even before the doors open on September 5, the losses and subsidies have begun to mount.
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    The Parental Prerogative: How ‘parent-friendly’ are school districts in North Carolina?

    posted August 18, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This report develops a system to evaluate school districts on how “parent-friendly” they are. In other words, to what extent do North Carolina’s school districts provide children a sound, basic education in a stable and safe school environment that is responsive to the needs of children and the concerns of parents?
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    Budgeting on Borrowed Time: FY 2009 budget has excessive spending, no saving, and a lot more debt

    posted August 5, 2008 by Joseph Coletti
    The North Carolina General Assembly approved a $21.4 billion budget for fiscal year (FY) 2009, up 3.4 percent from FY 2008, with $21.2 billion in appropriations for operating expenses, up 4.0 percent. As usual, the final budget was prepared behind closed doors by the House Speaker and President Pro Tem of the Senate with minimal involvement from all but a dozen legislators of either party and little opportunity for the public or other legislators to review spending proposals before a final vote.
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    North Carolina’s Unfair Auto Insurance System

    posted July 28, 2008 by Eli Lehrer
    North Carolina’s government-controlled auto insurance system is unfair to good drivers because it overcharges them in order to subsidize some of the state’s more risky and dangerous drivers. Every auto insurance policy written in the state has a hidden tax – which averages 6 percent – that goes to the government-mandated, privately run insurance pool. Download PDF file: North Carolina’s Unfair Auto Insurance System (544 kb)
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    Budget Progress and Regress: Better budget ideas from N.C. Senate, but a worse budget

    posted June 22, 2008 by Joseph Coletti
    The North Carolina Senate approved $21.2 billion in appropriations for operating expenses in fiscal year (FY) 2009, which would be a 3.9 percent increase from FY 2008, which ends June 30. Senators would add $135 million in capital spending and $672 million in debt that would not face voter approval. Total appropriations would be 3.4 percent higher than in FY 2008.
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    N.C. House’s FY 2009 Budget: Smaller than the governor’s, but not any better

    posted June 16, 2008 by Joseph Coletti
    The North Carolina House passed a $21.35 billion budget for fiscal year (FY) 2009, with $21.18 billion for continuing operations, which would be increases of 3.3 percent and 3.7 percent, respectively, from FY2008. Teachers would receive an average 3.0 percent pay increase and state employees 2.75 percent. Those raises would total $367 million.
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    Special-Needs Tax Credits: Giving parents a choice in education

    posted June 10, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Our public schools are struggling to meet the needs of special-needs students throughout North Carolina. During 2006-07 school year, less than 50 percent of high-school students with disabilities graduated in four years. A legislative analysis found that the state would save at least $3 million a year in the cost of educating special-needs students, so long as at least five percent of the special-needs students in public schools transfer to a private provider or facility.

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