News Reports (Page 525)

  • 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…

  • Report Takes Textbooks to Task

    RALEIGH — A new report, Islam and the Textbooks, documents a quiet coup that has occurred in America’s history textbooks. Produced by the American Textbook Council, the report claims to detail a systematic “sanitizing” of Islamic history and practices. For example, although the destruction and mass murder at the World…

  • NC Colleges Aid War on Terror

    RALEIGH — Beyond the publicity-seeking protests and the condescending “teach-ins,” the effects of the war on terror and the aftermath of Sept. 11 on universities have been subtle but significant. In some respects, universities have been asked to contribute to U.S. security efforts in ways other sectors could not. UNC-Chapel…

  • NC Pastors Bless Rep. Ballance

    RALEIGH—Federal Election Commission records indicate that U.S. Rep. Frank Ballance received at least $25,000 for his 2002 election from 23 pastors and their families. At least 12 of the pastors have received grants for their churches from the John A. Hyman Foundation, a nonprofit organization chaired by Ballance. The organization…