News Reports (Page 598)

  • Push Is On For Special-Ed Teachers

    RALEIGH — Schools are dealing with a new challenge this year as they come up with creative ways to instruct special-needs children. Schools have one year left before strict teacher certification standards go into effect under the No Child Left Behind Act. Unless Congress clarifies the definition of “highly qualified”…

  • Extent of Open Government At Issue

    RALEIGH — In recent years, local governments in North Carolina have increasingly used nonprofit organizations established at their behest to do things that local government has traditionally done. One question that comes with this is to what degree the nonprofits are subject to the state’s public records and open-meeting laws.

  • College Rankings Aren’t Guides

    RALEIGH — A study released recently by the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy shows how the annual ranking of American colleges and universities by the magazine U.S. News and World Report is an unreliable guide to academic excellence. Analyzing each of the factors that go into the…

  • Teens Skeptical About Paranormal

    RALEIGH — A national ongoing study on teenagers and their religious practices found that Mormon youths are least likely to believe in psychics and fortune tellers, while Catholic or nonreligious teens are most willing to believe in them. According to the National Study on Youth and Religion, Catholic and nonreligious…

  • Report Questions NC Teacher “Crisis”

    RALEIGH – State policymakers and educators are debating ways to combat what they call a teacher-shortage “crisis” in the state, but a new report from the John Locke Foundation questions its extent and source. The report found that Gov. Mike Easley’s prediction of “exponential growth” in public-school enrollment – offered…

  • Dell Deal Oversold in Tennessee

    RALEIGH — A special legislative session convenes today to vote on incentives to entice Dell Computer to build a plant in the Triad. But a similar incentives deal struck five years ago in Tennessee was sold to the public by exaggerating the benefits and underestimating the costs of incentives for…

  • Turn on the Spending Spigot?

    With a Democratic sweep of at-large seats on the county commission, the balance of power has shifted toward advocates of more spending on public schools and higher taxes for local residents.

  • The Triumph of the Ticket-Splitters

    RALEIGH – With tens of thousands of North Carolina voters picking and choosing their way down Tuesday’s ballot, the results gave both major political parties some victories to savor and defeats to mourn. President George W. Bush beat Sen. John Kerry in North Carolina by about 13 percentage points –…

  • Nobel Finalist Touts Property Rights

    CHAPEL HILL — Property rights are necessary for the economic development of nations, a finalist for the 2002 Nobel Prize in economics said last week at UNC-Chapel Hill. Hernando de Soto, a Peruvian economist, spoke about the importance of property rights in pulling developing nations out of poverty. De Soto,…

  • State Tax Effort Targets Online Sales

    RALEIGH — As of August, 21 states, including North Carolina, had passed legislation that brought their sales and use tax laws into alignment with each other, so merchants in their states could collect levies on purchases made on the Internet. Online retailing has flourished iin part because merchants don’t have…