Teacher Pay http://wunc.org en Lawmakers Agree On Lottery, Still Divided On Teacher Pay http://wunc.org/post/lawmakers-agree-lottery-still-divided-teacher-pay <p></p><p></p><p>Republican lawmakers have been moving slowly on state budget negotiations. They finally reached a compromise Wednesday on how much revenue they will rely on from the state lottery. But that came after hours of finger-pointing and debate over other education issues, including teacher pay.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:35:50 +0000 Reema Khrais 38718 at http://wunc.org Lawmakers Agree On Lottery, Still Divided On Teacher Pay Budget Writers Working, But End Not In Sight Yet http://wunc.org/post/budget-writers-working-end-not-sight-yet <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Budget writers in the General Assembly are moving forward with their negotiations, but it's still not clear when they might finish putting together a spending plan adjustment for the fiscal year that has already begun.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:08:51 +0000 Jessica Jones & Reema Khrais 38641 at http://wunc.org Budget Writers Working, But End Not In Sight Yet This Week At The NC General Assembly: Focusing On A Final Budget http://wunc.org/post/week-nc-general-assembly-focusing-final-budget <p></p><p>North Carolina lawmakers say they'll have a busy next few days hashing out differences in their state budget plans.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:38:44 +0000 Reema Khrais & Jorge Valencia 38521 at http://wunc.org This Week At The NC General Assembly: Focusing On A Final Budget Senate, House Agree On Medicaid Spending In Game-Changing Budget Meeting http://wunc.org/post/senate-house-agree-medicaid-spending-game-changing-budget-meeting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>After weeks of almost no budget talks, state lawmakers finally agreed to break their deadlock. &nbsp;At a public conference committee meeting on Wednesday, they openly negotiated their adjustments to the two-year budget plan and seemingly resolved differences over Medicaid funding.</p><p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:06:42 +0000 Reema Khrais 38340 at http://wunc.org Senate, House Agree On Medicaid Spending In Game-Changing Budget Meeting State Legislators Embroiled In Budget Stalemate http://wunc.org/post/state-legislators-embroiled-budget-stalemate <p></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:08:23 +0000 Jessica Jones 38252 at http://wunc.org State Legislators Embroiled In Budget Stalemate NC General Assembly Stories We’re Following: Week Of Monday, June 30 http://wunc.org/post/nc-general-assembly-stories-we-re-following-week-monday-june-30 <p>North Carolina lawmakers say they want to break the impasse on a state budget this week. But those aren’t the only bills on their docket.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:53:28 +0000 Jorge Valencia 38140 at http://wunc.org NC General Assembly Stories We’re Following: Week Of Monday, June 30 NC General Assembly Summary: Thursday, June 26 http://wunc.org/post/nc-general-assembly-summary-thursday-june-26 <p>House and Senate leaders are not showing signs of meeting their July 1 deadline to make adjustments to the state's two-year budget. They're still deadlocked over differences in their spending plans.</p><p>Senate leaders call the House's budget plans unbalanced and unsustainable. They say a five percent pay raise for teachers is not enough. Senators are offering 11 percent by cutting back on teacher assistants.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:32:00 +0000 Reema Khrais 38019 at http://wunc.org NC General Assembly Summary: Thursday, June 26 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 Moral Monday Protesters Sing And Chant In Legislative Building; 19 Arrested http://wunc.org/post/moral-monday-protesters-sing-and-chant-legislative-building-19-arrested <p>Nineteen Moral Monday protesters were arrested yesterday after demonstrating in the legislative building against budget proposals and policies passed by Republican-led General Assembly.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dozens of protesters stomped, danced, and chanted at the very tops of their lungs, days after a superior court judge struck down new rules that prohibit loud activities and noises that would cause disturbances. The Wake County judge on Friday argued that the rules were unconstitutional, overly broad and vague.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:50:18 +0000 Reema Khrais 37403 at http://wunc.org Moral Monday Protesters Sing And Chant In Legislative Building; 19 Arrested