28 Oct

What Matters for Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Chad is under the weather today, so Center for Law and Freedom Staff Attorney Elliot Engstrom steps in as host. He kicks off by talking about education. First on the show is LadyLiberty1885 herself, A.P. Dillon. She and Elliot discuss the President’s recent pitch to reduce the amount of testing in schools. A report shows students spend about 20 to 25 hours per year on roughly eight mandatory assessments – that includes federal, state and local exams. That’s just too much. Keeping on the same topic, Elliot speaks with Civitas Senior Education Policy Analyst, Dr. Bob Luebke, about Education Savings Accounts (ESAs). Elliot asks him to explain how proposed ESA legislation differs in North Carolina compared to ESA legislation passed in five other states. Elliot explores the possible legal challenges to ESA legislation similar to cases filed over school vouchers.

In the second hour, Elliot analyzes the accuracy of polls pertaining to millennial voters. Central Regional Director with Young Americans for Liberty, Anthony Rodriguez, explains how there are many more conservative millennials voting in elections than reflected in most national and regional polls. This gives hope to many parents who have children of voting age that may be leaning more left than right.

Finally, we all know timing is everything, right? Elliot delves into the definition of transparency and open records requests with Jonathan Jones, Director of Elon’s NC Open Government Coalition. Jonathan explains since North Carolina has no time limit on how long an organization has to fulfill an open records request, there can be no expectation of a timely response from an agency. Elliot asks what Jonathan would take out of sunshine laws. Jonathan says he’d like to see changes in how well police departments report what they are required to turn over without endangering the ability of law enforcement to do their job.

Tomorrow, Carolina Plott Hound’s own Paul Chesser will be hosting the show.

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