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Despite gulf oil spill, gas prices are down

Average retail gasoline prices in Charlotte have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.77/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.80/g, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Charlotte during the past week, […]

By |May 24th, 2010|Transportation|0 Comments

Goodall says no to ‘charter-lite’ reforms

The North Carolina General Assembly continues to do everything other than what’s necessary to help secure federal Race to the Top funds through enacting meaningful charter school expansion legislation.

Read the Carolina Journal’s take here.

The House Education Committee passed SB 704: Reform Low-Performing Schools Thursday. The bill allows local boards of education, under rigid authority from the State Board of Education, to operate schools “with the same exemptions from statutes and rules as a charter school.” The legislation makes clear that it “shall not be interpreted to increase the maximum number of charter schools.”

Senator Goodall stated:

“In North Carolina’s first Race to the Top application, they tried ‘charter-like’ reform approaches. Now they are trying ‘charter-lite.’ It did not fool federal Race to the Top reviewers then, and it will not fool them now. […]

By |May 24th, 2010|Schools|0 Comments

Mint Hill Police Chief Ledford: Say ‘no’ to collective bargaining

A bill in Congress sponsored and introduced April 12 by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-Nev.) would override states and allow police, firefighters and emergency personnel have collective bargaining powers. Mint Hill’s Police Chief, Tim Ledford, thinks it’s a bad idea:
Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford, president of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of […]

By |May 18th, 2010|Town Hall, Washington|0 Comments

Latest library news: Towns will get involved, but at what price?

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library sent a press release today with encouraging news: The City of Charlotte, as well as surrounding towns, seem willing to pitch in funds to help keep the libraries open. Only three branches are now slated to be closed: Checkit Outlet (downtown Charlotte), Carmel, and the Belmont Center.

Meanwhile, library officials have met with representatives of all the towns in Mecklenburg County to see what kind of level of involvement towns can make toward keeping libraries open. The City of Charlotte, which has eight libraries, has offered to pitch in. And surrounding towns also seem interested. At last night’s Mint Hill Board of Commissioners meeting, Mayor Ted Biggers said the town is interested in helping the library, but only if it is fair across the board. […]

By |May 14th, 2010|Mecklenburg County, Town Hall|0 Comments