Walter Dalton

  1. Story by John Howell Jr. for The Daily Tar Heel
Public schools, universities and community colleges across North Carolina are investigating ways to reward better performing schools — but administrators say the economy continues to be a roadblock on the path to reform.
All three layers of North Carolina’s education system have looked into models that provide incentives for improved student performance and graduation rates, but no formal proposals have been adopted.
The push for accountability comes at a time of scarce resources for the state. Each school system has absorbed millions in state funding cuts in recent years, including a $414 million reduction for the UNC system in 2011-12.
In this year’s gubernatorial race, both Republican candidate Pat McCrory and Democrat Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton have expressed support for performance-based funding, though their platforms differ on how the programs would be implemented.
Read the full story on dailytarheel.com

    Story by John Howell Jr. for The Daily Tar Heel

    Public schools, universities and community colleges across North Carolina are investigating ways to reward better performing schools — but administrators say the economy continues to be a roadblock on the path to reform.

    All three layers of North Carolina’s education system have looked into models that provide incentives for improved student performance and graduation rates, but no formal proposals have been adopted.

    The push for accountability comes at a time of scarce resources for the state. Each school system has absorbed millions in state funding cuts in recent years, including a $414 million reduction for the UNC system in 2011-12.

    In this year’s gubernatorial race, both Republican candidate Pat McCrory and Democrat Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton have expressed support for performance-based funding, though their platforms differ on how the programs would be implemented.

    Read the full story on dailytarheel.com

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  2. According to a News & Observer interactive by Bob Brueckner and David Raynor, Democrat Walter Dalton and Republican Pat McCrory raised a total of $9 million between Jan. 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, in their gubernatorial campaign. 
See how individual contributions vary between counties by clicking the image above.

    According to a News & Observer interactive by Bob Brueckner and David Raynor, Democrat Walter Dalton and Republican Pat McCrory raised a total of $9 million between Jan. 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, in their gubernatorial campaign.

    See how individual contributions vary between counties by clicking the image above.

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  3. From NewsObserver.com:

    In the latter half of the 20th century, North Carolina rose above much of the South, becoming a beacon of educational and economic opportunity that fueled new prosperity in a traditionally poor, agrarian state.

    Now, as North Carolina slowly wakes up from the Great Recession, unemployment is stubbornly high at 9.6 percent, income levels are down and the poverty rate has spiked since 2000. Some are asking the inevitable question: Have we slipped?

    The debate is under way in every corner of the state as election season builds to a conclusion. It is central in the campaign for governor.

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  4. All I can say is that we have the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the country — something is not working.”

    - Pat McCrory, Republican gubernatorial candidate on North Carolina’s declining reputation as a business-friendly state.

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  5. Photo credit: Corey Lowenstein/Raleigh News & Observer
The smile that spread across North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory’s face Tuesday as he met Andy Griffith look-alike Art Fettig, left, has officially spread from ear to ear.
According to a June 13 Public Policy Polling report, McCrory still holds a strong lead over Democratic opponent Walter Dalton. 
But gaining his 47-40 lead has not left McCrory, the former mayor of Charlotte, unscathed. Attack ads run by the Republican Governor’s Association and the Democratic Governor’s Association have embroiled the two campaigns in a legal battle.
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These ads, which questioned McCrory’s role as a lobbyist for a Charlotte company during his term as mayor and tied Dalton to unpopular Gov. Bev Perdue, are now being countered by the campaigns’ own advertisements.
According to the poll, Dalton, who was endorsed by the North Carolina Association of Educators on Wednesday, still has “room to grow” with the state’s independent voters.
“Pat McCrory remains the favorite but this race is closer than it was three months ago,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “Walter Dalton’s post-primary bounce has held up over the last month.”
If McCrory wins November’s election, he will be the state’s first Republican governor since James Martin in 1993.

    The smile that spread across North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory’s face Tuesday as he met Andy Griffith look-alike Art Fettig, left, has officially spread from ear to ear.

    According to a June 13 Public Policy Polling report, McCrory still holds a strong lead over Democratic opponent Walter Dalton. 

    But gaining his 47-40 lead has not left McCrory, the former mayor of Charlotte, unscathed. Attack ads run by the Republican Governor’s Association and the Democratic Governor’s Association have embroiled the two campaigns in a legal battle.

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  6. Which way will North Carolina go?

    Once known as “the Dixie Dynamo,” North Carolina has long been characterized by its tug-of-war between tradition and progression. Now, the state is being torn between more than old and new patterns of thinking. It has become a political battleground — a place where liberal and conservative, urban and rural, and public and private interests all collide.

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