NC’s Version Of Bill Gates Is Backing Jeb ‘Common Core’ Bush. SHOCKER. – #ncpol

File this one under, “well, duh”.

BizJournals is reporting that SAS’s Jim Goodnight, who when it comes to meddling in education is North Carolina’s version of Bill Gates, has dumped a pile of money into Jeb Bush’s campaign.

A $196,800 donation puts SAS Institute CEO Jim Goodnight in fifth place as the most generous tech titan thus far in the 2016 election cycle, according to Forbes.
Forbes took a look at technology billionaires and their contributions and found the top five were Larry Ellison (Oracle) with $3 million, Phillip Ragon(Intersystems) with $410,000, H. Ross Perot Jr. (Perot Systems) with $272,000,Steve Ballmer (Microsoft) with $252,700 and Goodnight.
A deeper look shows that the agency Goodnight is primarily supporting, Right to Rise, supports Jeb Bush’s campaign for president. It has spent more than $9 million in federal elections for the 2016 cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Goodnight pledged $100,000 to that organization in March, according to the Center’s donor search. Goodnight also pledged $25,000 to the pro-Scott Walker PAC and $5,000 to the Victory & Freedom PAC, affiliated with U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx. He, as well as his wife, Ann, pledged additional donations to the Republican National Committee in April.

Sorry, but all the money from every fat cat in the country will not buy Jeb the nomination.

Jeb Common CoreThe Goodnight’s have invested a ton of money into “education non-profits” like BEST NC and the corresponding news outlet PR firm Education NC.

It’s their way of driving the direction of education in our state by circumventing the public and going right to politicians,  just like Bill Gates.  It also helps them plan for grabbing their share of the education spending windfall. Convenient.

Fun fact: SAS has been a big proponent of Common Core, yet their own school, Cary Academy, doesn’t use it. It’s just fine for us peasants, though.

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#DM7 Article: The ‘Women’s Healthcare’ Mask Falls at Planned Parenthood Hearing

This is a repost of my weekly column at Da Tech Guy:

The ‘Women’s Healthcare’ Mask Falls at Planned Parenthood Hearing

By A.P. Dillon

Yesterday at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, the Planned Parenthood mask of ‘women’s healthcare’ fell.

Hearing Key Points & Other Relevant Information

Despite NY Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s attempt to rescue Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards during the proceedings, it was made clear that the group does not do mammograms. Richards herself stated that to “the best of her knowledge” that none of the Planned Parenthood facilities even had a mammogram machine. (Free Beacon)

When questioned on making statements that Planned Parenthood did indeed do mammograms, Ceclie Richards stated, “we’ve never stated that we did”. Well, yes, they did say that they did mammograms. In fact, Richards said it herself in a 2011 interview. (Weekly Standard)

According to the Planned Parenthood annual report, 327,653 abortions were done in 2013 alone. (Free Beacon)

Of those 327,653 abortions, 36% were black babies according to the CDC. That’s apparently 1,000 times more than blacks killed by law enforcement.  (SooperMexican)

Richards was asked about the Center For Medical Progress (CMP) videos exposing monetary gain through the illegal trafficking of human organs labeled by Planned Parenthood as ’tissue donations’.  Richards said the videos were “deceptively edited” and “heavily doctored.” Her statements seem to imply she’s seen some or all of the videos.
However, just before Richards’ testimony, evidence was provided by a digital security and forensics firm called Coalfire that the full length CMP videos were “authentic and have not been manipulated”. (Daily Signal)

Abortions make up 86% of revenue for Planned Parenthood. Only 3% of their revenue comes from other services. (Twitchy)

There was the revelation of “exorbitant travel expenses,” incurred by Planned Parenthood. Included in the “exorbitant” list was $622,706 for “blowout parties” with celebrity guests. Also included was $34.8 million for its NYC corporate office space and the sale of a 72k square foot condo “to Brookfield Property Partners for $69.6 million.”. (The Hill)

The question is raised yet again, why does Planned Parenthood need taxpayer dollars if “Planned Parenthood gets about $700B in nongovernmental funds…”? (Hot Air)

Richards is paid over $500,000 a year. She got a big raise of $240,000 in 2013. Rep. Chaffetz’s documentation showed Richards making $590,000. Richards argued she only makes $520,000. Poor baby.  Apparently, Richards also received $31,000 from  allocated time to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.”  (The Blaze)

Planned Parenthood’s Blood Money Goes To Democrat Defenses

Legal Insurrection noted from the hearing testimony that Planned Parenthood raised $127 million above its expenditures last year.

The question then becomes, what does Planned Parenthood do with their overage?

The answer is, they give it to Democrats or spend it attacking Democrat opponents.

Legal Insurrection also notes:

Outside of abortions, Planned Parenthood’s primary function is filtering money to and from Democratic organizations, giving in excess of $574,000 to candidates seeking federal office alone.


The Planned Parenthood Action fund has spent over $74,000 in 2015 – on attacking Clinton opponents. Dark Money, anyone?

Planned Parenthood’s Action fund ranks 22 in the list of top political non-profit spending. The Action Fund’s total spending reported to the IRS is $42,192,016. Of that, $8,250,439 was political spending. Only $6,634,390 was reported to the FEC.

A valid question to be posed to Democrats now is, are our children “just a matter of line items” in their campaign finance reports?

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review,, and Watchdog Wire NC.
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‘All Time High’ Teacher Turnover Narratives Return – #nced #ncga

The narrative that North Carolina teacher turnover rates are at an ‘all time high’ has returned.

WRAL wins the title of misleading lede of the week:

The fact is that teacher turnover barely ticked up from last year.

Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) press release:

“In 2014-15, 14,255 teachers left their local school districts resulting in an overall state turnover rate of 14.84 percent. This percentage is slightly up from the 14.12 percent reported in 2013-14.”

Gee, a whole .72 increase. 

Since the adoption and implementation of Common Core, the rates have risen. This is, of course, is not a reason listed by DPI.

From the report, emphasis added:

1. Generally, teachers are remaining in the classroom in North Carolina. The overall state attrition rate for 2014-2015 is 14.84%. Last year (2013-2014), it was reported at 14.12%, which represents a less than 1% increase in the state’s overall turnover rate.

Also from the press release:

State Superintendent June Atkinson expressed concern over the report’s findings saying, “In the past five years, the state’s teacher turnover rate has increased in all but one year (2013-14). We won’t reverse this trend until we address the root causes of why teachers leave the classroom.”

Root causes? Did she not read DPI’s own report? Perhaps not, seeing as it doesn’t appear to be very complete.

Oh wait, Atkinson’s statement supposed to be a  ‘wink-wink, nudge-nudge’ moment hinting something about teacher pay? Probably.

More from the report, emphasis added:

There are 28 reasons LEAs use to code their attrition data. For purposes of this report, the self-reported reasons teachers leave have been categorized into five summary categories. As reflected in the chart on page 6, teachers reported “personal reasons” as the main reason for their decision to leave the profession this year (2014-2015). “Personal reasons” includes individuals retiring with reduced benefits, individuals resigning to teach in another state, individuals dissatisfied with teaching, and family relocation. Family relocation was largely the reason most reported in this category this year (a total of 1,547 teachers). Over the past three years (2012-2013, 2013-2014, and 2014-2015), over 30% of teachers were reported as “turnover but remained in education,” which means they remained in the profession (teaching), however, have shifted from LEA to LEA within the state, teaching in public charter schools or moving to non-teaching positions in education (administrative roles, coaches, instructional facilitators, etc.).

View the chart on page 6, Turnover Reasons by Categories 2014-2015, as the above excerpt mentions.

The narrative that teachers are leaving for higher pay in other states just doesn’t hold water. This year’s report lists 1,028 teachers leaving for teaching in other states… out of the total 14,255 in the turnover report.

Of note are the number of teachers retiring with full benefits which the report puts at 1,755.  Those retiring with reduced benefits was only 479.

Meanwhile, 982 were dismissed for one reason or another.

What’s also interesting in this turnover report  is what a colossal waste of NC taxpayer millions Teach For America seems to be:

Out of 139 Teach for America (TFA) Teachers employed in 2014-2015, 42 did not remain in the classroom (an approximate 0.04% loss of the total educator workforce). 25.09% of teachers reported were categorized as VIF teachers and 141 left the teaching profession.

Highest and Lowest Districts
According to the DPI report, the highest turnover was in Northampton County. Northampton is a relatively small county where, by last count in 2013, the population is somewhere just north of 20,000 people.

The average teacher salary supplement in Northampton for 2014-15 was only $1,225, which is less than 1/6 of the highest supplement which was Chapel Hill Carrboro Schools at $6,892.  Chapel-Hill Carrborro isn’t that big either and, as of 2013, had a comparable population number as Northampton.

Washington County schools was second behind Northampton. This is another small county with a population below 13,000 people. Their salary supplement was only $661.

Bertie County schools had the third highest turnover. Bertie is another small county and their supplement pay was only $780.

Rounding out the top five were Warren and Halifax. Both small counties again and both with miserably low supplemental pay.

Halifax has the distinction of having an average of $0 as their supplement. I’m surprised they aren’t number one in turnover. In fact, in 2014-15, Halifax was one of seven districts not offering a supplement, which is set by local school boards not the legislature.

However, it’s worth pointing out that some of the low turnover districts also had poor supplemental rates. The low turnover districts, overall, had larger teacher populations than the high turnover districts.

Knowing why teachers moved from one district to another would be useful, but that data isn’t included.

Given the similarities I’ve laid out and taking into consideration the increases over the last few years made by the legislature (step pay unfrozen, bonuses, increased entry pay), one has to ask,  is teacher pay really still a ‘root cause’ for turnover?

Since 2012-13, that doesn’t seem to be the case:

2010-15 turnover top 5


Senate Bill 333 – Teacher Attrition Data (passed into law in 2015)

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