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NCAE refuses businessman's 'cease and desist' demand

The N.C. Association of Educators is refusing a demand from businessman Bob Luddy to remove a video it posted to the Internet. 

The NCAE video, "Money and Privatization: A Love Story," alleges Luddy, a charter and private school founder, businessman Art Pope, House Majority Leader Paul Stam, and Wake County School Board Chairman Ron Margiotta are linked in an effort to destroy public education. 

The cease and desist letter from a firm representing Luddy and the private school he founded says that the video falsely states that Luddy profits from it.

"The NCAE's implication that the statements upon which it is based (including, again, that Thales Academy, a non-profit entity) are not only blatantly false but also impugn Mr. Luddy's business reputation as well as the reputation of Thales Academy."

A lawyer for the NCAE wrote back, saying the video never says Luddy is profiting from the schools.


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Right. It is just blocked


It is just blocked for iPads. Isn't much of an ad anyway.

chris brown

I think you must have

I think you must have misread. The NCAE did not remove the video.  It's stilll there.

NCAE slander

The NCAE union has always opposed good old American competition. It makes them look bad. Compare the drop-out rate of public schools to charter and private schools. Compare the overall rating of the teachers in each. Compare the post-grad accomplishments of the students each turns out.

The successes of one competitor magnifies the failures of the other.

Compete NCAE. Quit belly-aching. Quit making deals over at the General Assembly like the terrible one your lobbyists made in 1989. Think about the children and not yourselves for a change.


chris brown

Oh for a "like" button

Beautifully said.

Even without the grammar lesson, the Luddite claim holds no water.  There are many happy "returns" that have nothing to do with short term financial gains.  For example, some might think of another stake in the heart of a public school teacher as a "return" worth gaining.

Ever Heard of Similes?


The sentence "Think of it as a return on Luddy & Pope's investment" is a simile.  simile is a figure of speech that indirectly compares two different things by employing the words "like", "as", or "than".  Even though similes and metaphors are both forms of comparison, similes indirectly compare the two ideas and allow them to remain distinct in spite of their similarities, whereas metaphors compare two things directly. 

Now we just need to know where louisburgpatriot went to school.  Is this a sign that our public schools are failing?  Or did louisburgpatriot attend a private school that only taught finance instead of English?

Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion!

NCAE should be sued...

Towards the conclusion of the video the wording says...

"Think of it as a return" with Luddy's picture THEN

"on Luddy & Pope's investment." with Pope's face. 

A "Return on Investment" or "ROI" is the ratio of money gained or lost on an investment relative to the amount of money. Gains are termed profit.

Apparently the NCAE and its lawyers need to attend Thales Academy to gain better reading comprehension skills. 

The same video ??

Is this the same video that the N&O has been promoting all week that has Jim Goodmon dressed as Sasquatch and two N&O reporters paddling a canoe shaped like the Loch Ness Monster ?

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