Parents want public schools to focus on academics and implement coronavirus mitigation policies that acknowledge the costs and unsettled questions associated with masks and vaccines. The erosion of trust between public schools and families feeds the perception that board members, school administrators, and educators are not listening to parents’ legitimate concerns. Adding to the frustration is the fact that taxpayers realize that they have limited options: elect a new school board majority or enroll their children in a school of choice.
The rush of “Zuck bucks” into North Carolina election boards in 2020 exposed the danger of private election administration funding. The General Assembly should ban direct private election administration funding, and a Democrat-sponsored bill could be the vehicle to generate a veto-proof majority in support of a ban. The bill has several flaws that the General Assembly should address before passing it, however.
An investigation by the North Carolina Office of the State Auditor exposed corruption and incompetence in the city government of Rocky Mount. State Senator Lisa Barnes has introduced legislation that would ban the corrupt practices exposed by the investigation. The North Carolina NAACP claims that the anti-corruption bill would "strip black people of their vote and their voice."
State law empowers school boards to establish policies to ensure adherence to the code of ethics for North Carolina educators, which requires that teachers "not proselytize for personal viewpoints that are outside the scope of professional practice." School boards have broad authority to make curriculum decisions, select instructional materials, and create community media advisory committees tasked with addressing concerns about the appropriateness of textbooks and other resources.
Joining the Electronic Registration Information Center would help the boards of elections in North Carolina more effectively conduct the important task of voter list maintenance. The State Board of Elections is already legally empowered to join ERIC, but it needs the General Assembly to pay for it.
posted November 3, 2020 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
The Democrats' lawyers admit those ballots that were possessed by “someone who was not authorized to possess the ballot” — a clear violation of the law, and a Class I felony to boot — but demand under a memo signed by an unelected bureaucrat that those ballots should still be counted, immediately.