Carolina Journal Print Edition

Volume 29, Number 1 – January 2020

On the cover

• Pay grades: Does more money for education lead to better student performance?



• Fayetteville State gets FIRE green light after revising speech codes, Page 2

• Polls, Page 2

• Quick Takes, Pages 3-5

• General Assembly review, Pages 6-7

• Bringing health care home, Page 8

• GOP appellate judge candidates choose to run as a team, Page 9

• Teacher pay timeline, Page 10

• Comparing teacher pay isn’t all that easy, Page 11

• The Leandro decision and the future of funding education in N.C., Page 12

• The noise around Silent Sam, Page 13



• Q&A with Heather Mac Donald: Quest for diversity undermines universities, American culture, Page 14



• Terry Stoops commentary: Social studies standards: Striking a balance between honesty, optimism, Page 15

• Kristen Blair commentary: In the global classroom, ‘American’ is for average, Page 16

• Preston Cooper commentary: The majors that pay and the degrees that don’t, Page 17

• Jenna Robinson commentary: How colleges have made students poorer and undereducated, Page 17

• Becki Gray commentary: What’s at stake in the coming election? The future of North Carolina, Page 18

• Mitch Kokai commentary: Redistricting debate should return to the legislature, Page 19

• Editorial: A harbinger of tax hikes: WestEd report calls for more spending on education, Page 20

• John Trump commentary: Dollar stores aren’t making Americans less healthy, Page 22

• Michael Walden commentary: Should we always be paid for what we want to do?, Page 23

• Andy Taylor commentary: Concerns over ‘normalizing,’ and therefore breaking, impeachment process, Page 23

• Jordan Roberts commentary: Health policy helps drive legislative session, Page 24


Commentary by John Hood

• North Carolina needs more businesses, Page 2

• Court keeps governor in his lane, Page 21

• Constitutions are inherently inconvenient, Page 21