Entries by Mike

Necessary Accountability

The political debate over the Common Core State Standards is more riddled with ironies and myths than any issue I have been involved with in 50 years.

These standards are a set of clear, consistent goals and expectations that describe what students should know in math and English, no matter where they may live in the United States. That is critical for many reasons but especially because of the mobility of families, including the mil-dent in Colorado need to know more or less than one in North Carolina?

Energy Efficient Schools Improve the Learning Environment

When it comes to construction, renovation and the operation of K-12 schools, it seems that the adage “do more with less” is a way of life. The public is resistant to tax increases. Local and state governments are cash strapped and are often calling for across-the-board cuts in spending. Voters are wary of new bond issues and increasing government debt. All the while, these same groups are demanding improved test scores and graduates who have strong language, math and technology skills to be ready to enter the workforce or higher education programs. Attention to the energy efficiency of the learning facilities is a “do more with less” strategy that can help in balancing both sides of the equation.

How Technology and Design Can Improve School Safety and Security

Student safety and security have been a concern for school administrators for decades. Gun violence, like what we witnessed in Newtown and Columbine, has made it center stage. Administrators are concerned about external threats, such as kidnapping or the abduction of students, but also concerned about internal dangers such as gang activity, fighting, sexual assaults, bullying, weapons, drugs, alcohol, theft and vandalism.

Phil Kirk’s Perspective on Speaker Term Limits

I am practically libertarian on limits on public service. Think it is good government for top legislative leaders to voluntarily limit themselves to two terms;however if their members want them to serve longer, they should have that right. Senate and House leaders must have same rules. Sen Sam Ervin once said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” applies to gubernatorial succession. I worked for two Governors, one could not succeed himself and other could. No comparison.

Phil Kirk Reappointed to Education Committee

Brady (www.bradyservices.com), a company that provides high-efficiency HVAC systems and comprehensive building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities across North Carolina, announces today that Phil Kirk, director of Brady Energy Services, has been re-appointed to the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. This is his third term on the committee.

Phil Kirk Discusses the Future of Energy Production and Consumption

Phil Kirk, director of Brady Energy Services, today discussed concerns over recent trends in energy production and consumption with members of South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club. During the club’s regular Friday morning breakfast meeting, Kirk reported that buildings account for 72 percent of the total U.S. energy consumption and are a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

Phil Kirk Re-appointed to GRCC Education Committee

Brady (www.bradyservices.com), a company that provides high-efficiency HVAC systems and comprehensive building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities across North Carolina, announces today that Phil Kirk, director of Brady Energy Services, has been re-appointed to the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Education Committee for 2011-2012. This is Kirk’s third term on the committee.

Phil Kirk to Appear on Carolina Business Review

Brady (www.bradyservices.com), a company that provides high-efficiency HVAC systems and comprehensive building solutions for commercial and industrial facilities across North Carolina, announces today that Phil Kirk, director of Brady Energy Services, will be a guest on the Carolina Business Review. The show will air on UNC-TV on Sunday, June 26 at 12:30 p.m.