Governor Pat McCrory http://wunc.org en 'Alarming' Number Of Teachers Resigning In Wake County http://wunc.org/post/alarming-number-teachers-resigning-wake-county <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>An alarming number of Wake County teachers have resigned midway through this school year, &nbsp;according to school officials. More than 600 teachers have left their jobs since July 2013, an increase of 41 percent from last year. Many critics say the current legislative policies and flat pay scale are discouraging teachers from staying the classroom. Listen to the full report below:&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:35:07 +0000 Reema Khrais 34007 at http://wunc.org 'Alarming' Number Of Teachers Resigning In Wake County Environmental Issues Update: The Future of NC Coal Ash, Fracking, And Jordan Lake http://wunc.org/post/environmental-issues-update-future-nc-coal-ash-fracking-and-jordan-lake <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission has finalized their recommendations on fracking in the state to the General Assembly. Critics argue the commission needs more time as the health effects of fracking are unknown. In addition, the state commission tasked with deciding the methods of Jordan Lake clean-up remains undecided on next steps. And Governor McCrory proposes legislation to close or convert the state’s 33 coal ash ponds.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:42:01 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 33975 at http://wunc.org Environmental Issues Update: The Future of NC Coal Ash, Fracking, And Jordan Lake NC Governor Lauds State's Tax Overhaul To 'Build North Carolina's Future' http://wunc.org/post/nc-governor-lauds-states-tax-overhaul-build-north-carolinas-future <p>Governor Pat McCrory held a press conference today to celebrate a new report suggesting the state's economy is benefiting from tax cuts enacted last year.</p><p>The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council's "Rich States, Poor States" report ranks North Carolina sixth in the nation for its economic outlook.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:20:11 +0000 Jessica Jones 33868 at http://wunc.org NC Governor Lauds State's Tax Overhaul To 'Build North Carolina's Future' Competitive Teaching? NC Wrestles With Paying Best Teachers More http://wunc.org/post/competitive-teaching-nc-wrestles-paying-best-teachers-more <p>This is an issue with way more than just two sides. To illustrate how convoluted and complicated paying teachers has become, consider this fairly simple argument from Terry Stoops, the Director of Education Studies at the conservative John Locke Foundation:</p><p>“Frankly it’s unfair to our highest-performing teachers,” Stoops says. “There’s no reason why the Teacher of the Year in North Carolina should make as much as any other teacher.”</p><p>Now here’s an actual, real life North Carolina Teacher of the Year, who, in a free market, would get paid more:</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 33384 at http://wunc.org Competitive Teaching? NC Wrestles With Paying Best Teachers More DENR Calls Duke's Coal Ash Clean-Up Plan Inadequate http://wunc.org/post/denr-calls-dukes-coal-ash-clean-plan-inadequate <p></p><p></p><p>The CEO of Duke Energy sent a <span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=008d832f-e679-41d4-b623-f1c8527ca541&amp;groupId=14">letter</a> </span>this week to Governor Pat McCrory and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) outlining the company's plans for coal ash clean-up in the state.</p><p>Duke says the letter is a big deal.</p><p>DENR described it as inadequate.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:50:20 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 32068 at http://wunc.org DENR Calls Duke's Coal Ash Clean-Up Plan Inadequate Gov. McCrory To Review Law Repealing Teacher Tenure http://wunc.org/post/gov-mccrory-review-law-repealing-teacher-tenure <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat&nbsp;</span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says his staff will consider making changes to a new law that offers raises to top teachers who give up tenure rights.</span></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the law, teacher tenure will be phased out by 2018 and replaced with a plan that requires local school districts to pick the top 25-percent of teachers who will be offered four-year contracts and bonuses.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:35:24 +0000 Reema Khrais 31589 at http://wunc.org Gov. McCrory To Review Law Repealing Teacher Tenure Were There Any Changes In Coal Ash Clean-Up After Other Disasters In The U.S.? http://wunc.org/post/were-there-any-changes-coal-ash-clean-after-other-disasters-us <p></p><p></p><p>At least 30,000 tons of coal ash poured through a broken Duke Energy stormwater pipe and into the Dan River earlier this month. The spill is the third largest of its kind in US history.<br /><br />But that spill was much smaller than an accident in Tennessee six years ago.<br /><br />It was the middle of the night, three days before Christmas in 2008 when part of a retention wall at a Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash pond ruptured.&nbsp; A dike failed and millions of gallons of potentially toxic waste were unleashed.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:02:05 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 31318 at http://wunc.org Were There Any Changes In Coal Ash Clean-Up After Other Disasters In The U.S.? Governor 'Using Words, Not Actions' With Duke Energy http://wunc.org/post/governor-using-words-not-actions-duke-energy <p>Governor Pat McCrory <a href="http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=ccd3c63b-9a53-4901-9a96-cbd388079b6f&amp;groupId=14">has sent a letter</a> to Duke Energy’s CEO asking the company to remove coal ash from sites near waterways. In the letter McCrory says his administration has expressed its primary desire that coal ash ponds be moved away from waterways.</p><p>“This is a good development but we’re still dealing with words and not actions,” said Frank Holleman is senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center.”</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:55:02 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 31193 at http://wunc.org Governor 'Using Words, Not Actions' With Duke Energy Gov. McCrory Hopes To Give Schools Flexibility With Make Up Days http://wunc.org/post/gov-mccrory-hopes-give-schools-flexibility-make-days <p>In light of the winter storm, Governor Pat&nbsp;McCrory&nbsp;says he will work with education leaders to review laws on make up days for public schools.</p><p>This week's snow storm led to closings that lasted up to three days for many schools across the state, forcing school officials to make tough decisions on how to make up for the lost time. Many schools still need to make up time<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;from last month's snow.&nbsp; </span></p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 12:43:53 +0000 Reema Khrais 30601 at http://wunc.org Gov. McCrory Hopes To Give Schools Flexibility With Make Up Days Republicans Hope Salary Increases Ease Teacher Turnover http://wunc.org/post/republicans-hope-salary-increases-ease-teacher-turnover <p>Diane Ravitch is an education historian. She’s also a best-selling author and hugely influential on social media. In the past few years, she’s also become the champion for traditional public school teachers. What she isn’t, is subtle.</p><p>“North Carolina is bleeding talent,” she told the crowd at the Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh on Tuesday. “North Carolina is bleeding experience. North Carolina has a brain drain caused by bad policy.”</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:31:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 30427 at http://wunc.org Republicans Hope Salary Increases Ease Teacher Turnover