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for North Carolina Insight Vol. 19 Issue 1/2, Oct 2000
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Since 1983, public schools in North Carolina have experienced ten major reform efforts. These include the 1985 Basic Education Program, the Year-Round School Movement in 1989, the 1996 Charter School Legislation, and the 1996 ABC Plan. Critics say the state tries too many new programs and does not allow any of them enough time for proper evaluation. Williams and Scharer discuss each of the ten programs in detail.
As far back as the 1980s, polls show that around 60 percent of North Carolinians favor a state lottery. When the lottery is tied to public education, support rises to 70 percent. McLaughlin discusses several polls taken in the 1980s and 1990s and what they reveal about public attitudes toward lotteries.
The authors examine thirteen lottery issues and discuss positives and negatives for each. Included are how do lotteries affect compulsive gambling? are lotteries really a reliable revenue source? and who gets the most benefit from lottery revenues?
Manuel gives a brief history of lotteries and arguments for and against having them. He then discusses concerns people have about lotteries including are lotteries a reliable source of revenue? do lotteries promote compulsive gambling? who benefits most from lottery revenues? and what state programs are earmarked to receive lottery funds?
Since 1983, at least one lottery bill has been introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly during each session. McLaughlin gives a brief history of the lottery legislation.