29 Apr

What Matters for Friday, April 29, 2016

School bathrooms and HB2. Mark kicks the show discussing the decision by Durham City’s school board about bathroom and locker room policy for girls and boys with NC Values Coalition Executive Director Tami Fitzgerald. Tami tells Mark she stood up in the meeting and pointed out how the policy went against the Public Facility Privacy and Security Act (HB2). Mark also discusses Target’s stand on the issue and how the law applies to the corporation.

Next, American Enterprise Institute Director of Education Policy Studies Rick Hess joins Mark to discuss his recent article on Real Clear Politics titled, “School Reformers Must Stop Giving Parents a Pass.” Mark asks if Mississippi’s Governor’s proposal for a bill asking schools to grade a parent’s involvement in their child’s education is a good idea. Rick explains we’ve gone from blaming parents for the decline in educational performance of students to the opposite extreme of a careful-not-to-offend tolerance of the kind of parental behavior that would once have been roundly condemned. This is a great discussion you’ll want to hear more than once.

In the second hour, Time Warner Cable News Capitol Tonight Anchor Tim Boyum joins Mark. They discuss the first week back at the General Assembly, how he feels as a journalist about making body camera footage available to the public, and all the news that’s worth talking about. It’s always fun when Tim is on.

Finally, Anson and Union County Rep. Mark Brody joins us. He is running for Republican Party Committeeman. Mark asks Rep. Brody why he wants the job. Rep. Brody says he has the time to fulfill the obligations and he has the political experience to do the job. Rep. Brody tells Mark it’s important to keep education in community colleges up-to-date, especially in agriculture. He says agriculture is such a huge part of economy, it’s crucial to make sure the state continues to provide opportunities for students to get the education they need to continue this proud tradition.

Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger, Montreat Mayor Tim Helms, Civitas President Francis De Luca, and American Enterprise Institute Resident Scholar Derek Scissors join us Monday.

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