Both lawmakers called on state Attorney General Roy Cooper to investigate the situation. “Schools have a duty to educate and protect our children, not serve as marching grounds for political protests orchestrated by unions,” Berger and Hunt said in a joint statement Wednesday. “We are deeply disturbed the NCAE is encouraging teachers to turn their backs on their classrooms and leave their students in the care of strangers who may lack formal training and background checks.”
“If the Senate was so concerned about students they wouldn’t have drastically shortchanged our public schools,” Cooper said in a written statement. “I can understand why teachers are beyond frustrated, but I don’t think they should leave the classroom.”
When I read that tripe from Berger and Hunt I almost fell over in my chair. But I will let one of the commenters on this article explain why:
The event at Blandwood drew about 100 guests to hear McCrory and Martin, the honorary Morehead Forum chairman, say they hope the conference series that debuts next year helps bring the state as many good things as Gov. Morehead did with his focus on railroad construction, other forms of transportation and public education.
“Whether Republican or Democrat, education, economic development and energy, these are the things we have to have in this state,” said McCrory, who grew up in Jamestown after his family relocated from Columbus, Ohio.
I'm not sure "focus" is one of our current Governor's strong suits. And no offense to Taft Wireback, but this is not a direct quote. I just watched (News14) McCrory make his statement, and he rattled off the education and economic development just fine, but then did a squirrel-in-the-middle-of-the-road thing with his head before blurting out "Energy!" And if he hadn't been a former(?) Duke Energy employee, the missing "E" might just as easily have been "Eggs!" or "Elephants!" For God's sake, there's only three of them. Even a pre-k student can keep up with that many important words.
A new national report says a proposed privatization of economic development in North Carolina may create scandals instead of jobs.
In Indiana, which North Carolina is using as a model, a state audit found more that 40 percent of the jobs promised by companies recruited to the state never materialized. The Indiana Economic Development Corp.’s representative in China has been accused of soliciting bribes from companies, the report states.
There's nothing wrong with bribery. Bribery is just the free market sorting itself out.
This week, the North Carolina Program Evaluation Oversight Committee members were getting an in depth look at an out (of) the box school district. The Douglas County, Colorado school district is far from North Carolina's borders, but some leaders believe they might have some ideas that could be used close to home.
“We have school systems that keep saying we need to do things differently,” Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, a Cabarrus County republican, said. “Well maybe give them some options of how to do things differently.”
Your first question was probably the same as mine: "How in the world did a school system in Colorado come to the attention of North Carolina lawmakers?" I'm sure many would almost immediately dismiss that as irrelevant, like some of our Democratic lawmakers did, and move on to some of the (chosen) details of the school district's program:
N.C. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Sarah Parker reported last year there is one lawyer in North Carolina for every 554 people and one legal services attorney for every 19,160 poor people. Heroic legal aid offices are forced to turn away up to 80 percent of qualifying clients because they don’t have the resources to serve them.
The World Justice Project’s Rule of Law study, reviewing adjudication systems around the globe, gives the United States an “F” in access to civil justice – placing us last among the 20 wealthiest democracies. The authors explain: “Socioeconomic status matters far more in the U.S. than in other countries.” Poor people are put at massive disadvantage.
Take the time to read the article. Gene Nichol is one of the few scholars here in NC with the willingness and wisdom to look our poverty problem in the face. If not for "them", then do it for yourself, because you may be joining their growing ranks:
Craven County Register of Deeds Sherri Richard has drawn the ire of a group opposing same sex marriage, which sent her emails defining their interpretation of her job. It didn’t sit too well with Richard and she told them so. Then Richard suggested they take her off their email list and leave her alone to do the job administering the office she was elected to fill and knows and does according to the law.
“Apparently Queen Richard thinks she is one elected official who is above criticism, or even polite prodding,” Fitzgerald continued. “Where does Richard get off, as an elected public official, demanding that people not contact her again? Is that really the way local government should operate in Craven County?”
She "gets off" because she wasn't elected by you, she was elected by 25,533 people in her own county.
The N.C. Republican Party is helping Gov. Pat McCrory recruit like-minded applicants to fill hundreds of state government jobs.
“State employees should be hired based on what they know, not who they know,” said Dana Cope, president of the State Employees Association of North Carolina. “No public service job should be awarded on partisan politics, and it is illegal to do so.”
In the weekly email, Poole sends a spreadsheet of available jobs and a link to a public website listing openings. He initially received the list each week from the Department of Administration but now pulls it from the website himself. He said he doesn’t offer recommendations for applicants who express interest, saying they must go through the process “on their own merit.”
Bolding mine. This proves that this plainly discriminatory process was at least facilitated, if not initiated, by the NC DoA itself. I'm not sure if Dana is correct about the illegality of this partisan recruitment, but it definitely goes against the Department's policies:
"Your assertion that you did not discontinue the operation of the TANF program is simply not credible,'' the congressmen wrote. ""Your administration did not merely 'notify’ the service providers that federal funding for Work First programs may not be available in November.'' The notice that your administration sent to county social services directors on October 10th expressly directed them to cease processing new applications for benefits ‘until federal funds become available.’ In addition, the notice state unequivocally that the state would be 'unable to make any Work First Family Assistance payments in November 2013' absent congressional action.''
The GOP twisters have made a loud and misguided argument that Dems (via the Obama administration) used the shutdown fiasco to punish people by closing parks and memorials and such, but not a word about how McCrory and Wos used the shutdown to punish people struggling to survive. People who couldn't afford to hop in a car (or a plane) to go visit a park, even if they wanted to. Apparently these folks aren't deserving of the Tea Party's concern, which says more about them than the groups they look down their nose upon.
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