We’re getting better all the time and this week was no different. On today’s show, Civitas Senior Policy Analyst Bob Luebke joins Chad to give his thoughts on education. Chad says HB334 has been called a tectonic shift in the way charter schools are perceived. Bob says the bill is a good thing for charter schools, their supporters and supporters of school choice. Chad segues into the changes to funding of teacher assistants which Bob explains is actually not a good thing because it takes away a school’s flexibility to use funding as needed. Bob also runs through a list of the good and bad in the budget based on the state’s educational needs. Bob then defines an ESA. It’s a program which provides a percentage of per pupil support to an account for parents educational expenses. Chad asks who would qualify for an ESA. Bob explains that depends on how the state defines an ESA. In North Carolina, support is being built for the program because they are thought to be the future of the school choice program. Bob says the program helps waylay a parent’s fear that their child is not getting a good education by giving them the ability to choose not only what school their child attends, but what kind of educational experience their child has as well.
In the second hour, News14’s Tim Boyum is in studio with Chad. Chad asks Tim his thoughts on the final budget compromise and all the smiles from the House Speaker and Senate Pro Tem when the final agreement was reached. Tim says they’ll be judged next year by the citizens when the budget is put into play. He explains that when he interviewed the Governor, he was told a lot of talks to get the budget negotiations going took place at the Executive Mansion. Chad and Tim agree that the person who benefits the most out of the budget is the Governor. Chad says he may get a big pair of scissors for Christmas to use at all the ribbon cuttings he’ll be attending next year. Chad asks Tim what he thinks, especially being in media, about the change to the state’s primary date. Tim tells him it really affects plans he’d been making to cover Ohio, New Hampshire and South Carolina’s primaries. Holy buckets (trademark pending by Tim Boyum), these guys have too much fun (and so will you)!
And finally, Chad shares how your snacks now have a sexual orientation. Doritos announced the rollout of rainbow-colored corn chips for teens. Chad asks why the company felt the need to develop the brightly-colored chips. Good question.
We kickoff Monday’s show by speaking with Highlands Mayor Patrick Taylor and Civitas President Francis De Luca.