Archive: Carolina Journal Opinions

  • Coronavirus emergency shines light on common-sense reforms

    The coronavirus has nearly everyone re-evaluating what is a necessity and what is not. While households are making decisions on what travel is essential and which household items to stock up on, state and local governments are re-evaluating what regulations are truly necessary and which ones are just…

  • In education politics, mad mamas are on the move 

    The relatively new year, 2020, has ushered in some surprises. Hold for another, this one in education politics: Parent power is rising. This isn’t PTA power. This parent power aims to disrupt the status quo on a grand scale. Parents are mobilizing in new ways, demanding voice and…

  • Beltway consultants will cost GOP the House 

    As we head into final weeks of the midterm elections, there’s a plethora of chatter on the cable news channels about the possibility of either a blue or a red wave.  Much is at stake in November, including control of the House and the Senate, and the chances articles…

  • Time for a primetime Oval Office address on immigration

    President Trump seemed to be cruising along throughout the spring. You could say he was on roll. Chief of Staff John Kelly had brought order and much-needed discipline to the staff, which in the president’s first year often seemed chaotic and was plagued with unforced errors. That scenario now seems…

  • Ensuring school and college work for career 

    The aspirational endgame of K-12 educators is producing “college and career-ready” students. Yet connections between school, college, and career remain tenuous. Many students are unprepared for college coursework because they don’t pursue a sufficiently rigorous high school curriculum. Once in college, they lack confidence that what they learn will benefit…

  • Tax reform that boosts K-12 choices 

    Funding private school just got a little bit easier. A provision in the new federal tax law expands the use of tax-advantaged 529 accounts to include K-12 tuition. Established 20-plus years ago, 529 plans were created to help families save for college and accrue tax-free earnings on contributions. Will expansion…

  • We’ll be seeing lots of 2020 Democratic hopefuls in N.C. 

    As we move into 2018, speculation over who will emerge as the 2020 Democratic nominee for president will begin in earnest.  In my view, the early front-runner is U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Independent socialist from Vermont. Coming seemingly out of nowhere in 2016, Sanders gave Hillary Clinton a…