Monday numbers

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9,000—number of teachers in the Wake County schools, the largest school district in North Carolina (“Wake County sees ‘alarming’ increase in teacher resignations,” News & Observer, April 17, 2014) 612—number of teachers in Wake County that have resigned since the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year (Ibid) 433—number of teachers in Wake County [Continue Reading...]


Monday numbers

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1—number of days until Tax Day 2014, the last time almost a million North Carolina families will be able to claim the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that state lawmakers have allowed to expire (“First in Flight from the EITC: Low-Income Working Families Bid Farewell to North Carolina’s Earned Income Tax Credit, [Continue Reading...]


The Follies

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McCrory “stepping on toes” is not the problem Governor Pat McCrory seems to think that every time people in Raleigh have questions about one of his proposals, it is because he is courageously “stepping on toes” of people in entrenched institutions who refuse to consider doing things differently. McCrory used the line in [Continue Reading...]