Teachers http://wunc.org en North Carolina Senate Approves Bill Repealing Common Core http://wunc.org/post/north-carolina-senate-approves-bill-repealing-common-core <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Senate voted 33-12 on Thursday for a bill that would likely get rid of most – if not all – of the Common Core academic standards.</span></p><p>“It will put these standards in North Carolina’s hands,” said Republican Senator Jerry Tillman.</p><p>The House and Senate chambers approved separate bills earlier this session that would create commissions to rework the math and language arts standards. The most recent vote was on a compromise bill that closely resembles the Senate version.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:58:58 +0000 Reema Khrais 38766 at http://wunc.org North Carolina Senate Approves Bill Repealing Common Core House, Senate Leaders Agree On Bill To Repeal Common Core http://wunc.org/post/house-senate-leaders-agree-bill-repeal-common-core <p></p><p>House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a bill that could replace parts – if not all – of the Common Core academic standards in North Carolina.</p><p>The two chambers drafted separate bills earlier this session that would create commissions to review the English and Math standards. The House bill recommended flat out replacing the standards, while the Senate legislation left open the possibility that parts of Common Core could continue.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:39:12 +0000 Reema Khrais 38387 at http://wunc.org House, Senate Leaders Agree On Bill To Repeal Common Core Gov. McCrory And NC House Leaders Try To Speed Up Budget Talks With Education Plan http://wunc.org/post/gov-mccrory-and-nc-house-leaders-try-speed-budget-talks-education-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State House Republicans are teaming up with Governor Pat McCrory to help speed up slow budget talks. Legislators are supposed to make adjustments to the two-year state budget by July </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but progress has been sluggish. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Representatives say they want to at least pass a scaled-down spending plan that focuses on teacher pay. It would give teachers an average five-percent raise without relying on funds from the lottery.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:39:56 +0000 Reema Khrais 37947 at http://wunc.org Gov. McCrory And NC House Leaders Try To Speed Up Budget Talks With Education Plan State Lawmakers Begin Budget Negotiations With Looming Deadline http://wunc.org/post/state-lawmakers-begin-budget-negotiations-looming-deadline <p>Senate and House leaders are expected to begin meeting in conference committees this week to make adjustments to the two-year budget plan.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They have until June </span>30<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to resolve differences and send their spending plan to Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:47:32 +0000 Reema Khrais 37868 at http://wunc.org State Lawmakers Begin Budget Negotiations With Looming Deadline Teachers, Supporters Drop Off 300 Pound Petition To Lawmakers http://wunc.org/post/teachers-supporters-drop-300-pound-petition-lawmakers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>A group of teachers and supporters dropped off a 61,000-signature petition to lawmakers on Thursday, demanding pay raises that do not result in destructive cuts to public education.</p><p>They carried the 14 heavy and large cardboard boxes to the offices of Senate Leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis, who are currently leading the efforts to raise teacher pay.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:41:13 +0000 Reema Khrais 37606 at http://wunc.org Teachers, Supporters Drop Off 300 Pound Petition To Lawmakers NC Bill Asks For Donations, License Plates To Pay Teachers More http://wunc.org/post/nc-bill-asks-donations-license-plates-pay-teachers-more <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State lawmakers say they want to create an education endowment fund to help pay high-performing teachers more money.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A proposed bill passed by a Senate Education Committee on Wednesday suggests collecting money for the fund through individual and business donations, tax refunds and special license plates.</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 01:52:39 +0000 Reema Khrais 37534 at http://wunc.org NC Bill Asks For Donations, License Plates To Pay Teachers More House Budget Proposes Looking To Lottery Sales To Pay For Teacher Raises http://wunc.org/post/house-budget-proposes-looking-lottery-sales-pay-teacher-raises <div><p>State House Republicans released a proposed budget on Tuesday that is significantly different than the Senate's spending plan in terms of education. House leaders say they want to give all public school teachers raises without making them give up their job protections.</p><p>They're also looking to pull from lottery money to pay for those raises, instead of making cuts to public education.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:21:04 +0000 Reema Khrais 37049 at http://wunc.org House Budget Proposes Looking To Lottery Sales To Pay For Teacher Raises Senate Republicans Offer 11 Percent Raises For Teachers Who Give Up Tenure http://wunc.org/post/senate-republicans-offer-11-percent-raises-teachers-who-give-tenure <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate Republicans released a plan on Wednesday to provide what they call the "largest teacher pay raise in state history." The plan calls for an average 11 percent raise for teachers as long as they give up career status, otherwise known as tenure. Teachers who choose to not give up their job protections would stay on the current pay plan and not receive any increases.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 15:56:04 +0000 Reema Khrais 36287 at http://wunc.org Senate Republicans Offer 11 Percent Raises For Teachers Who Give Up Tenure Judge: Law Repealing Teacher Tenure Is Unconstitutional http://wunc.org/post/judge-law-repealing-teacher-tenure-unconstitutional <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Wake County superior court judge ruled Friday that a state law ending teacher tenure is unconstitutional, arguing the state cannot take away the due process rights of teachers. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Judge Robert Hobgood&nbsp;ordered a permanent injunction against the law, which would eliminate career status – commonly known as teacher tenure – by 2018. His ruling also said that the law violated the constitutional protection of contracts, and the prohibition against taking a person’s property.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 20:24:39 +0000 Reema Khrais 35635 at http://wunc.org Judge: Law Repealing Teacher Tenure Is Unconstitutional McCrory Unveils Budget, Teachers Call For Bigger Raises http://wunc.org/post/mccrory-unveils-budget-teachers-call-bigger-raises <p>Governor Pat McCrory released his $21 billion budget on Wednesday, setting aside $262.9 million for teacher raises and state employees.&nbsp;</p><p>The governor and lawmakers have made it clear that teacher pay will be a major priority for this year’s short session, which is a time meant for lawmakers to adjust the budget approved last year.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Teachers held their own “day of action” on Wednesday, the first day of the session. They outlined their demands and concerns in a morning press conference held by the North Carolina Association of Educators.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Reema Khrais 35514 at http://wunc.org McCrory Unveils Budget, Teachers Call For Bigger Raises