Lawmakers http://wunc.org en Gov. McCrory On Budget Stalemate: 'We're Making Headway' http://wunc.org/post/gov-mccrory-budget-stalemate-were-making-headway <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Governor Pat McCrory says that he and Republican leaders are making headway on resolving differences over the state budget.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He made an unusual visit to the legislature Thursday where he says he touched base and continued dialogue</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with lawmakers. </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he spent more than an hour and a half talking with Senate leaders this week.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:18:56 +0000 Reema Khrais 39578 at http://wunc.org Gov. McCrory On Budget Stalemate: 'We're Making Headway' Common Core: Is It ‘Developmentally Inappropriate’? http://wunc.org/post/common-core-it-developmentally-inappropriate <p></p><p>Since the beginning of this year, many legislators and critics have dubbed Common Core "developmentally inappropriate."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They argue that the new Math and English standards should be repealed because they are not suitable for some students. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"I know there is some age and grade inappropriateness,” said Republican Sen. Jerry Tillman at a legislative meeting earlier this year. “I’ve talked with teachers.”</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Reema Khrais 39519 at http://wunc.org Common Core: Is It ‘Developmentally Inappropriate’? Houston School District Back In NC, Looking For More Teachers http://wunc.org/post/houston-school-district-back-nc-looking-more-teachers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Houston Independent School District is looking to recruit more teachers from North Carolina.</p><p>Recruiters first visited in May, where they made 12 on-the-spot offers and later hired about 8 more teachers, according to Shaleah Reed, a spokesperson from HISD.</p><p>The district is offering $49,100 as a starting salary. North Carolina’s starting salary is among the lowest in the nation at $30,800.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:28:23 +0000 Reema Khrais 39511 at http://wunc.org Houston School District Back In NC, Looking For More Teachers North Carolina On Its Way To Replacing Common Core http://wunc.org/post/north-carolina-its-way-replacing-common-core <p style="margin: 0in 0in 11.25pt; line-height: 16.5pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#333333">The NC House gave final approval to a measure on Wednesday that would review and change the Common Core standards. The bill is now before Governor Pat McCrory, who says he will sign it. <o:p></o:p></span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:27:41 +0000 Reema Khrais 39109 at http://wunc.org North Carolina On Its Way To Replacing Common Core Senate Budget Writers Make Concessions, Come Closer To A Deal http://wunc.org/post/senate-budget-writers-make-concessions-come-closer-deal <p>Leaders in the state Senate have offered an eight percent pay raise for teachers as they inch closer to putting together a budget.<br /><br />Senate leaders unveiled their offer to House budget negotiators late Tuesday afternoon. Senators had previously wanted to give educators raises of 11 percent, but House leaders said such a large increase would require cutting too many other areas.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:11:32 +0000 Jessica Jones & Reema Khrais 39051 at http://wunc.org Senate Budget Writers Make Concessions, Come Closer To A Deal 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 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 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 NC Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Therapeutic Marijuana Oil http://wunc.org/post/nc-lawmakers-approve-bill-legalize-therapeutic-marijuana-oil <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow the use of a marijuana oil to help treat childhood seizures.</p><p>Researchers say the hemp oil extract, known as cannabidiol&nbsp;(CBD),&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">is not psychoactive and would be used to treat only debilitating seizure disorders.</span></p><p>Several lawmakers, like Gladys Robinson (D-Guilford), showed their support for the bill by relating their experiences of having family members with epilepsy.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:34:45 +0000 WUNC News 37997 at http://wunc.org NC Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Therapeutic Marijuana Oil