Archive: CJ Exclusives

  • Taxes and Vanishing Dreams

    RALEIGH — Many North Carolina communities are raising taxes with little apparent regard for the economic consequences, say taxpayers. “The people who pile these taxes on us have little or no regard for people who are aged,” one said. “How far can it go in this country before people realize…

  • New Data on Transportation Trends

    RALEIGH — As Charlotte, the Triangle, the Triad, and other communities debate the addition of light rail to their transit systems, it may be worthwhile to consider its success where systems are already in place. With the release of the 2000 Census data, an analysis of light-rail trends that prove…

  • NC Seeks to Close Achievement Gap

    GREENSBORO — A recent N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s two-and-a-half day conference was titled “Closing the Achievement Gap: Improving Minority and At-Risk Student Achievement.” Several thousand educators filled the lobby and meeting floors of the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. They gathered from around the state to hear about the…

  • Author Calls for New Strategy

    RALEIGH — North Carolina needs a new partnership between the state and local governments to restart its economic engines and facilitate growth, an author and investment advisor said Monday at a John Locke Foundation luncheon. There has been too much emphasis on business incentives for companies that do not reinvest…

  • Wake Leaders Support Charters

    RALEIGH — After hearing from charter school opponents such as public school officials and teacher-union representatives, the Wake County Board of Commissioners sided with charter-school supporters in March and adopted a resolution calling on the state to allow more independent public schools to be created in the fast-growing county. They…

  • Reviewing Government Regulators

    RALEIGH — Government regulations cost each typical American household about $8,000 a year, an EPA official said recently at a John Locke Foundation luncheon. In describing the value of reviewing the type and extent of government regulatory activities, Allen C. Basala, a senior economist with the Environmental Protection Agency's Center…

  • Letting the Education Data Speak

    RALEIGH — For a man whose professional passion in life is statistics, Dr. William Sanders has devoted an enormous amount of his career to education. Sanders’ studies have found that teacher quality is as much as 20 times more important than any other factor in explaining student achievement. And class…

  • NC Localities Try Growth Controls

    CHARLOTTE — A number of North Carolina towns and counties are taking to steps to restrict growth in response to rapid development in the area north of Charlotte. An unusual aspect of many of the municipal rezoning efforts is their quest to preserve open space outside town borders while simultaneously…

  • Local Government Consolidation Stalls

    KINSTON — Consolidation is much easier said than done, some city and county officials are finding out. Although smaller areas, such as Gastonia County and Bessemer City, are grappling with ways to merge their local governments, the most notable cities and counties trying to create regional homogenous bureaucracies in North…

  • NC Bills Would Change Student Testing

    RALEIGH — Sen. Steven Metcalf has filed a bill that would prevent the State Board of Education from introducing any standardized tests into North Carolina schools unless they are required by the No Child Left Behind Act. The bill was prompted by Metcalf's “growing concerns that public school students are…