The hubbub over HB2 continues. Chad starts the show drawing attention to the latest efforts by the LGBT community and others to make businesses feel guilty over their bathrooms. He shares the latest stories on HB2 including Chicago’s Mayor saying he was start poaching businesses from our state. Chad says we should let them try and see what actually happens.
Next, WBTV Investigative Reporter Nick Ochsner joins us. Chad asks about the stories Nick has done on funding the Connect NC bond. He tells Chad they uncovered a possible misuse of monies by the Connect NC Committee to promote the bond. Nick says he went to former Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr, who he greatly respects, who was also on the committee, and asked if this was legal. He says Justice Orr told him that’s the way it’s been done since 2000. Chad asks what can be done if misuse is proven. Nick says he thinks someone would have to take up the case. Chad asks Nick about another story he did on Mecklenburg County State Senator Joyce Waddell who got paid for the special session on HB2 though she never showed up. Nick says he asked Sen. Dan Blue about those who chose to walk out and not vote. Sen. Blue told him many didn’t feel their opinions were represented and that’s what they were elected to do – represent their constituents.
In the second hour, Civitas Education Policy Analyst Dr. Bob Luebke joins Chad. They discuss the NEA’s National Teacher Salary Ranking Survey. Bob explains North Carolina always ranks low on the list. He says while most media outlets don’t put this in their coverage of the study, the group that puts the study together even says the information presented shouldn’t be used without proper context. Chad says he’s not surprised since this is never a reliable indicator of actual teacher salaries. Bob says the study doesn’t consider how many new teachers have been hired which lowers the average salary for everyone, the average cost of living, how salaries are funded or how they are calculated (the benefits that are included). He says this makes the study fundamentally unreliable because it doesn’t compare apples to apples. Chad tells Bob our system has too many disincentives to make some want to improve. Bob agrees and adds this should be changed if we want to make our state’s educational system better. Chad asks how you change the system. Bob says he wrote a story a few years ago about getting rid of the salary system and replacing it with a performance-based scale. He says he has never gotten more of a response to a story than that one – especially from teachers. Bob says a better way would also be tying more salary increases to merit.
Finally, remember when you used to have to earn good grades (A’s and B’s)? Chad shares a study that says social promotion is replacing realistic grading of students. And we wonder why Johnny can’t read.
Investigative Journalist and businessman James Simpson, Congressman Mark Meadows and Time Warner Cable News Political Reporter Tim Boyum join us tomorrow.