Lawmakers en N.C. Leaders, Educators Evaluate Common Core Rollout <p></p><p>North Carolina lawmakers continue to scrutinize the implementation of Common Core Standards, as they collect suggestions from leaders and educators to improve, amend or even replace them.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state adopted the standards in 2010, though they were first implemented last school year. They are supposed to set a clear, consistent blueprint for what students across should learn from kindergarten through high school.</span></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:36:50 +0000 Reema Khrais 30909 at N.C. Leaders, Educators Evaluate Common Core Rollout ‘We’re Not Paying Our Teachers As Much As Surrounding States': Panel Will Review <p>If there's one thing likely to come out of the legislative session this year, it's to figure out a way to improve&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">teacher pay.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new 18-member panel that will help advise North Carolina lawmakers on the topic made its final appointees this week. The group includes representatives, senators, a principal, community members and teachers.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the bill, the committee was created last year by the House and Senate for two reasons: </span></p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:11:14 +0000 Reema Khrais 29159 at ‘We’re Not Paying Our Teachers As Much As Surrounding States': Panel Will Review Republican Lawmakers Plan Racial Justice Veto Override <p>Republican legislative leaders are expected to try to override the governor's veto of a measure that would water down the Racial Justice Act. The Act, passed in 2009, allows death row prisoners to appeal their sentences using statistical evidence of discrimination.</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 2244 at New Laws Take Effect Saturday <p>More than 50 new laws take effect this weekend in North Carolina.<br><br>Among the changes starting Saturday is a new provision in the medical malpractice law. People who file lawsuits will be limited to 500-thousand dollars in non-economic damages if they win a case. That includes compensation for pain, suffering and other injuries. There will not be a limit on payments for medical bills and lost wages.<br> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 18:05:00 +0000 Will Michaels 7392 at