Making our schools both more religious and more dangerous:
6/5: House: The "School Self-Defense Act" -permit teachers to carry guns. House K-12 Ed Comm: "National and State Mottos in Schools Act," aka "In God We Trust" in every public school. Sen. Rules: HB 717, Judicial Elections https://t.co/pXkmXqUe55 #ncga #ncpol #NCed #faircourtsnc pic.twitter.com/CN6fWGGCZQ
— Stamp NC Blue (@StampNCBlue) June 5, 2018
It's almost like GOP leaders asked themselves, "Let's see, what can we do to make it look like we care about school safety, but doesn't cost much money?"
— JohnLockeFoundation (@JohnLockeNC) June 4, 2018
Just to keep you from scrambling around (like I did) trying to figure out if this study is actually significant, here's a few critical pieces of information:
In the spring of 2017, this research team traveled to the four regions of North Carolina with the highest number of Opportunity Scholarship users. Relying on a volunteer sample of students in the public and private school sectors in those regions, we administered Form E of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills—a nationally-normed standardized assessment of math and reading achievement.
Using a different test than the State of North Carolina does was their first mistake, and using "volunteer" students was an even bigger one. Testing only those who are confident in their competence is a recipe for skewed results. I shouldn't have to explain that, but apparently I do.
Eden (home of Phil Berger) and Dunn (home of David Lewis) each get $500,000 for unspecified parks projects. But similar towns represented by Democrats, such as Ahoskie and Williamston, won’t get a dime — even though they have higher poverty rates #ncpol https://t.co/kfDiazulrP
— NC Senate Democrats (@NCSenateDems) June 4, 2018
Phil Berger is hearing Jen Mangrum's footsteps right behind him, so he's throwing 1/2 million at his constituents to keep himself in their good graces. And of course trying to get her disqualified, but when you're as big a jackass as he is, you gotta cover your bases.
Editorial in @TheWilsonTimes: @RepJustinBurr study bill hints at a likely bid to censor movies shown in public schools. We give this script two thumbs down - https://t.co/hXbSanCWkE #ncpol #ncga #nced
— Corey Friedman (@corey_friedman) June 4, 2018
Good for you, Corey. And I appreciate the recognition:
The liberal North Carolina political blog BlueNC posits that Burr may have received a complaint about a specific movie shown at a particular school. If so, surely that could be resolved on the local level without the need for a statewide study bill.
Generally we're in favor of brevity and plain language, but the one-page, 26-line Burr bill suffers from a lack of specificity. It requires schools to track "movies," preferring the popular parlance to the more technical "motion pictures" or "films." Are Hollywood theatrical releases the only titles under the state microscope? Do documentaries and short films count - and if not, why not?
If policymakers truly want to gauge the role of movies and films in public education, why not start collecting data during the 2018-19 school year? A call for retroactive research suggests Burr has an issue with one or more specific screenings. That would be better addressed at the school where the movie was shown than on the floor of the General Assembly.
I also appreciate the implied agreement that I wasn't completely off-the-wall in my assessment. I mean, I am a little off-the-wall, but I sometimes get it right...
— Bruce Thompson (@BTpolitics) June 4, 2018
Bruce! Sorry, he's kinda hard to catch in one place with all the traveling and baseball games and such. From the brief:
Jackson County has received an average of $1.6 million per year in tax revenue from wind energy since 2012. It hosts about 600 megawatts of wind energy and continues to use the tax revenue to relieve tax burdens for local residents and support capital improvements. The Odell Wind Farm developed by Geronimo Energy and now owned and operated by Algonquin Power & Utilities started a community fund to finance charitable community projects and opportunities. In fact, it recently awarded $39,000 for Chromebooks at schools and funding for a local library, fire departments, ambulance services, 4-H, FFA, robotics, and more!
But that’s not all that wind farms provide.
Wind projects also provide new, family-supporting jobs for folks who want to live in small, rural towns. The Lakefield Wind project employs 12 people with well-paying jobs (Minnesota wind energy technicians’ median wage is $26 an hour). “I am so fortunate to be able to live close to family and come back to my rural community,” said Josh Zeitz, site manager of the Lakefield Wind Project.
Revenue for landowners
Wind is also providing a new source of revenue for local landowners. “Wind energy is helping me pass our fourth-generation farm to our son. I’ve been nothing but happy with my turbines and the whole process,” said David Hanson, a landowner who hosts three Lakefield Wind turbines on his property.
There is no good reason to oppose renewable energy projects in rural areas, no matter how much conservatives twist the narratives.
— Robert Roland (@RobertRRoland) June 5, 2018
If you were really paying attention, you'd know both of those bills were immediately buried in the Rules Committee, which is where bills go to die. But I can see by your MAGA that paying attention might be asking too much...
— Carolina Tattler (@CarolinaTattler) June 5, 2018
The Limbaugh Institute? What in the...You know what? I don't want to know.
In a plea for campaign donations, NC Rep. @PatrickMcHenry told his supporters something that's not true. In fact, it's been debunked numerous times before. But when confronted with the facts, he didn't respond, let alone correct himself. https://t.co/yvk2XgW88b #ncpol
— Will Doran (@will_doran) June 4, 2018
McHenry's been lying to his constituents since he made his first trip to DC. And like Trump supporters, those folks have been lied to so many times they don't know what truth is anymore.
— Skye David (@skydiving11) June 5, 2018
While Primary elections do decide who will run in November for each party, using the data to actually predict November elections is fraught with problems. But we'll do it anyway, because we're so hungry for good news we don't even look at our plates before gobbling.
On that cynical note, here's your Onion:
— The Onion (@TheOnion) June 4, 2018
I was wondering where she's been...