Carolina Journal Print Edition

Volume 10, Number 8 – June 2001

• UNC officials have said for years that higher salaries elsewhere are luring our best professors away. Is it true? And remember how the UNC bond package passed last year was not supposed to cause a tax in-crease? Lawmakers now want tax hikes. Co-incidence? Page 1

• Gov. Mike Easley increases the number of political appointees in the executive branch, while Council of State members hold the line. Page 4
• North Carolina’s funding formula for Medicaid reimbursements needs work, ex-perts say. Page 5
• Air quality in North Carolina is improv-ing, despite what the news media have been reporting. Page 5

• Just how effective is National Board Cer-tification in improving teacher quality? Not very. Page 6
• Parents, teachers, and students rally at the General Assembly in an attempt to per-suade legislators to lift the cap on charter schools. Page 7
• State education officials respond to stu-dents who refused to take the state’s End of Grade tests. Page 7
• Paige Holland profiles the Campaign for America’s Children. Page 7
• Wake schools get help from an outside organization. Page 8
• An interview with the Charter School Teacher of the Year. Page 9

• University students go to Raleigh to pro-test proposed budget reductions. Page 10
• A few N.C. colleges and universities are lauded in new report. Page 11
• A new study finds no connection between racial diversity on campus and academic achievement. Page 11
• George Leef says teacher training is a sham. Page 11
• Commission calls for end to use of “of-fensive” mascots. Page 12
• The Locke Foundation proposes more than $100 million in savings for higher edu-cation. Page 13

• Involuntary annexation is increasingly being used to raise revenue rather than pro-mote health and safety. Page 14
• Cary Mayor Glenn Lang has confused constituents by campaigning as a conser-vative but governing in ways that tend to increase governmental power. Page 15
• Cary City Councilman Jess Ward says it’s way past time to end race-based school bus- ing. Page 15
• One on one with New Hanover County Commissioner Bill Haster. Page 16
• A dubious legacy in Winston-Salem, teaches want respect, and Charlotte votes down sports and arts subsidies. Page 17

• Reviews of Unfree Speech by Bradley Smith and The Duke of Havana by Steve Fainaru and Rey Sanchez. Page 18
• Reviews of Polk’s Folly by William Polk and The Burden of Bad Ideas by Heather MacDonald Page 19

• Editorials on campaign finance reform and economic development. Page 20
• Editorials on Smart Growth and Cary Mayor Glenn Lang. Page 21
• Don Carrington presents the top ten rea-sons to kill state subsidies for the Global TransPark in Kinston. Page 22
• Michael Walden finds who’s to blame for high gasoline prices. Page 23
• Marc Rotterman argues for a strong U.S. defense of Taiwan. Page 23

• The N.C. Senate claims that its tax hikes are merely loophole closings that affect small groups of North Carolinians. But it’s be really tough to find a Tar Heel not af-fected by the tax increases. Page 24