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For-Profit Educational Experiment Set for Robeson County School

The NC State Board of Education has voted to hire a private, for-profit management company, Achievement For All Children, to take over at Southside Ashpole Elementary School in Robeson County, as reported by T. Keung Hui in Raleigh’s News & Observer. The 7-4 vote established the first such contract based on a new program called Innovative School District, established by state legislators. Former Rep. Rob Bryan (R-Mecklenburg County), who introduced the enabling bill, is a member of the board of directors of the management company.

On Cows and Things

                Editor’s Note: The following came to me as a letter from an old friend in Vermont — a former dairy farmer (and also former Vermont Secretary of Agriculture) who gave up cows for turkeys almost three decades ago, and who lately has added popcorn to his repertoire. I had written to ask him about the veracity of the many articles on dairy cows I was seeing, alluding to forced births in herds to enhance the milking schedule….   Continue Reading »

Finally, a State Board of Elections (and Ethics Enforcement) Put in Place

While not conceding his legal contention that the state’s new legislatively declared Board os Elections and Ethics Enforcement is unconstitutional, Gov. Roy Cooper has now appointed eight members (four Democrats, four Republicans; six men, two women) to the board in order to offer some semblance of order as primary elections get underway for 2018. The newly constituted board will appoint its ninth member, who must be neither a registered Democrat or Republican. In today’s News & Observer, Anne Blythe offers details on this latest shift in election…   Continue Reading »

Maniac’s Mountain: Do You Think He’s Dead?

Written by the award-winning columnist Mark Jamison (aka “Maniac”) of Jackson County, NC, Maniac’s Mountain features many of the characters that populate Jamison’s rural life — human or animal. PPNC Exclusive columns feature the outrageously fearless foursome of Maniac, Otis the three-legged dog, Mellow the feline, and Spooky Cat. Most columns arrive in the wee hours by email, and are kept as true-to-email-form as possible; thus they carry a standing “potentially X-rated” warning.   Otis: Do you think he’s dead? Mellow: Better fucking not be, the food dish is…   Continue Reading »

A Good Idea Is A Good Idea

In their recent staff editorial, the editorial board of the News & Observer hit the gerrymandering nail on the head. Included is this reference to perhaps the wisest grandmother of nonpartisan redistricting, the Iowa method: “One better approach to redistricting is found in Iowa, where partisanship has been drained out of the process almost entirely. Iowa’s legislative and congressional districts are drawn by a nonpartisan state agency without regard to voter registration data or previous election results. The legislature has up to three opportunities to approve…   Continue Reading »

Maniac’s Mountain: The Wood Stove

PPNC is pleased to introduce a new “culture” column, Maniac’s Mountain. It is written by the award-winning columnist Mark Jamison of Jackson County, and features many of the characters that populate his rural life. That would include humans as well as animals, though PPNC Exclusive columns feature the fearless foursome of Maniac, Otis the three-legged dog, Mellow the feline, and Spooky Cat. We think you’ll love this quartet tremendously. And for the record, most of the Maniac columns arrive in the wee hours by email. They are…   Continue Reading »

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