Civitas Review

Monthly Archives: September 2015

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    Sep
    04

    NC SAT scores: more to worry about

    Posted in Civitas Review, Miscellaneous By Bob Luebke | Tagged , ,

    High school graduation rates may be at an all-time high, but declining scores on national exams continue to worry educators and parents. Yesterday North Carolina released 2015 SAT scores.  The combined math and critical reading score of 1002 represents a drop of 4 points from the previous year and a drop of 8 points from […]

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    Sep
    04

    Should the State Continue to Fund Driver's Ed?

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Civitas Review By Brian Balfour

    State funding for driver's education reportedly continues to be one of the few remaining sticking points in the ongoing state budget negotiations. Budget writers may find it helpful to refer to this 2010 Program Evaluation Division report that reviewed NC's driver's ed program. Among the key findings from this report:           […]

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    Sep
    04

    Latest SCOTUS Brief Asks Court to Uphold First Amendment

    Posted in Center for Law and Freedom, Civitas Review, Government By Elliot Engstrom | Tagged , , ,

    Earlier this week, the Civitas Institute Center for Law and Freedom joined with the Buckeye Institute, the Alliance Defending Freedom, and the National Taxpayers Union in asking the Supreme Court to strike down California's requirement that nonprofit groups provide the government with lists of their donors. This spring, the Ninth Circuit held that it was […]

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    Sep
    03

    CLF Files Public Records Suit on Behalf of NC Family

    Posted in Center for Law and Freedom, Civitas Review, Government By Elliot Engstrom | Tagged , ,

    The Civitas Institute Center for Law and Freedom is representing a North Carolina family in their public records lawsuit against the City of Belmont. At issue is whether a third-party, taxpayer-funded investigation is a public record. The Charlotte Observer reports: The Civitas Institute is suing the city of Belmont, saying it has refused to release […]

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    Sep
    03

    Concerns about Raleigh's Rezoning Plan

    Posted in Center for Law and Freedom, Civitas Review, Transportation & Infrastructure By Elliot Engstrom | Tagged , , ,

    My latest piece for the Civitas Institute discusses Raleigh's rezoning plan, citizens' concerns, and the legal outlook in terms of property rights. The city seemed unprepared for the massive public outcry over what the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) would mean for long-term residents' way of life. Some feel that the city is giving too much control […]

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