Tuesday, April 22, 2014

First Drip (4/22/14): UNC whistleblower resigns, McDonald's posts lower sales, more

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Early reports indicate the General Assembly won't approve across-the-board teachers pay raises in the short session due to a lack of funds. But have they looked everywhere? We argue there's a couch cushion that's gone unturned: the $82 million or so the state gives in private school college tuition.

Mary Willingham, the former learning specialist for athletes and UNC Chapel Hill who exposed academic fraud, has announced she will resign at the end of the semester. She made the decision after an hour-long meeting with the school's chancellor. "She confirmed her resignation in a short email to The News & Observer but said she could not provide details until she posts grades for her students and talks to her attorneys and the university's human resources staff."

The Supreme Court has sided with voters in Michigan, who opted to exclude race preference from the state's public university admissions process. Though the court has decided differently in similar cases - such as one in June concerning the University of Texas - this case came down to whether voters can prohibit affirmative action programs.

McDonald's continues to suffer from the effects of higher beef costs, fewer customers and pressure from its minimum-wage employes to pay more. Following a two-year trend, the fast-food chain has posted low quarterly earnings, bringing in 1.7 perfect fewer sales in such time.

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