School privatization "boosts" real estate market

May not be good for (all) the kids, but home values apparently soar:

Once we realize that assigning children to schools results in concentrating poverty, we can begin to imagine the social benefits of systems that avoid assignments.

Research recently published in the Journal of Housing Research shows homes are worth more in the places that use this scholarship system instead of the more rigid assignment system. Homes are worth significantly more in tuitioning districts than in districts with weak assigned schools. The more school options that were available, the larger the price premium. Studies on similar systems in Paris, France, and San Antonio, Texas, find similar results.

I have developed a (maybe bad) habit of scrolling to the bottom of an Op-Ed to get an idea of who a writer is, and where that writer is coming from, before I digest the information being put forward. Usually it's pretty straightforward, but sometimes there's a weird confluence. In this case, it's an associate professor of finance and real estate talking about education. Like I said, weird. But this guy's approach to the subject is even weirder, talking about areas that don't even resemble North Carolina's school districts:

Van der Vaart continues his political gamesmanship

Attacking the Federal government and Roy Cooper whenever he's given the opportunity:

The U.S. Supreme Court took the unprecedented step this year of halting the Obama administration’s attempt to take over the nation’s electricity system. The federal scheme, supported by North Carolina’s attorney general, would punish lower- and middle-class families by increasing energy bills more than $400 a year.

Thursday News: The opaque Governor


SUIT SEEKING MCCRORY RECORDS ASKS: HOW MUCH OF HIS TRAVEL DOES PUBLIC HAVE RIGHT TO KNOW? (WRAL-TV) -- Lawyers for Gov. Pat McCrory contend that the state can withhold information related to travel if the governor was on personal or political business. McCrory's office contends it has fulfilled the request and that the suit should be dismissed. But lawyers for Real Facts contend that the governor has either failed to provide records related to 27 trips that were reported in the news media or has heavily redacted much of the information it did provide. In other cases, records were provided, but information such as starting and ending points was redacted.

Coal Ash Wednesday: Stith's refusal to testify begs the question


What is he trying to hide?

Stith declined, on advice of attorney, to answer questions about coal ash pollution, the interaction between Duke Energy and state government, or about enforcement efforts against the utility. But he agreed to answer questions about his comments on Rudo.

Wednesday News: Burr plays Hillary card?


BURR MAKES CAMPAIGN STOP IN VILLAGE (Southern Pines Pilot) -- U.S. Sen. Richard Burr told supporters Monday in Pinehurst that he will need every vote he can get in Moore County and other Republican strongholds in North Carolina to defeat Democrat Deborah Ross in November. Burr wasted little time in criticizing Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, holding up a button with the slogan “Hillary Thinks I’m Deplorable.”

ECU scratches the 1st Amendment off of Bill of Rights

Because catering to a redneck crowd is more important than justice:

East Carolina officials say the school will not tolerate further protests after some band members kneeled while others performed the national anthem before a game. They say they "regret the actions" taken by the 19 members who took a knee during the ceremonies before the game against Central Florida last week.

They say they expect the members of the Marching Pirates "will learn from this experience and fulfill their responsibilities." They call the protests "hurtful to many in our Pirate family and disrespectful to our country." Fans booed the protestors after the anthem was completed, and Chancellor Cecil Staton quickly issued a statement affirming the band members' right to express themselves.

If anybody should be ashamed, it's the jackass fans who are apparently so fragile something as innocuous as a person kneeling hurts their wittle feelings:

Tuesday News: Here's some money, now vote for me!


NO ACCIDENT: STATE WORKER ‘BONUSES’ ARRIVE IN ELECTION RUN-UP (WRAL-TV) -- State employees will get promised one-time bonuses in their October paychecks – just two weeks before election day, the Office of State Human Resources announced in a memo Monday, prompting some to speculate if the timing might not have political significance. A single 0.5 percent lump-sum bonus, as well as any performance bonuses, will arrive for most state employees at the end of October, timing that puts it squarely in the middle of North Carolina's early voting period and less than two weeks before the Nov. 8 Election Day.

Hurricane Floyd rips into Burr campaign

Okay, he's more of a gentle Spring shower, but still:

There’s a saying: Never wrestle a pig. You get dirty, and the pig likes it. U.S. Sen. Richard Burr is a case in point. Burr’s campaign and his Super-PAC allies are flooding the TV airwaves with dishonest ads that try to dupe voters into believing that opponent Deborah Ross opposed the state’s sex-offender registry. There’s no twisting of words that would make this true.

In his previous campaigns and in Washington, Burr regularly distorts the truth for partisan advantage. He’s taking his cue from Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a notoriously dirty campaigner and fellow champion for plutocracy. Burr has a lot of nerve in using this page of the mudslinging campaign playbook. He’s voted against funding for the federal sex-offender registry.

Welp, when you piss off Floyd McKissick, you've done something.


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