Public Schools http://wunc.org en Advocates Ask NC Supreme Court To Release School Voucher Funds http://wunc.org/post/advocates-ask-nc-supreme-court-release-school-voucher-funds <p>Supporters of private school vouchers are trying to put the state’s program back on course. Attorneys are asking the North Carolina Supreme Court to overturn a recent ruling that halts the program.</p><p>A superior court judge ruled last week that using taxpayer dollars to help send children to private schools is unconstitutional.</p><p>But critics say the program gives low-income families school choice and that freezing the funds has put hundreds of families in limbo.</p> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:13:21 +0000 Reema Khrais 41399 at http://wunc.org Advocates Ask NC Supreme Court To Release School Voucher Funds Judge Rules Private School Voucher Program Unconstitutional http://wunc.org/post/judge-rules-private-school-voucher-program-unconstitutional <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 11.25pt; line-height: 16.5pt; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">A Wake County Superior Court judge on Thursday ordered a stop to the use of taxpayer money to pay tuition at private or religious schools. <o:p></o:p></span></p> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:20:28 +0000 Reema Khrais 41084 at http://wunc.org Judge Rules Private School Voucher Program Unconstitutional Explaining NC's Teacher Pay Raises http://wunc.org/post/explaining-ncs-teacher-pay-raises <p></p><p>Governor Pat McCrory has signed a $21 billion dollar state budget that includes pay increases for teachers. He and other Republican leaders have been trying to send a loud and clear message that teachers will be getting a historic pay raise, the first major one in years.</p><p>They’ve been touting it as an average seven percent increase. But there’s been a lot of confusion over how that’ll actually pan out and whether all teachers will see a pay bump.</p><p></p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:33:30 +0000 Reema Khrais 40368 at http://wunc.org Explaining NC's Teacher Pay Raises Wake Commissioners Reject Sales Tax Increase To Raise Teacher Pay http://wunc.org/post/wake-commissioners-reject-sales-tax-increase-raise-teacher-pay <p>Wake commissioners voted Monday against a referendum that could have raised the county's sales tax by a quarter-cent to generate about $28 million to go toward public schools.</p><p>Some Wake Commissioners wanted to hold the vote because the General Assembly might limit their ability to raise sales taxes. Lawmakers want to cap the local sales tax rate to 2.5 percent. The measure would allow some of the large urban counties, including Wake, to bypass that requirement if they levy a quarter percent tax this November.</p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:21:10 +0000 Reema Khrais 40184 at http://wunc.org Wake Commissioners Reject Sales Tax Increase To Raise Teacher Pay Some Teachers Skeptical Of Pay Plan Under Budget Deal http://wunc.org/post/some-teachers-skeptical-pay-plan-under-budget-deal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>As the state budget is finalized, some critics say they’re skeptical of how the teacher pay raises will pan out.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the budget deal, public school teachers will get an average seven percent raise. On the surface, many teachers say that sounds great, but some are worried about what it'll mean for more experienced teachers.</span></p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:43:10 +0000 Reema Khrais 39918 at http://wunc.org Some Teachers Skeptical Of Pay Plan Under Budget Deal 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 Governor McCrory Signs Bill To Rework Common Core http://wunc.org/post/governor-mccrory-signs-bill-rework-common-core <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Governor Pat McCrory has signed a bill designed to review and potentially replace the Common Core academic standards.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McCrory referred to the bill as a “Common Core review bill,” despite lawmakers who say that the legislation will work to replace the standards.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:45:22 +0000 Reema Khrais 39439 at http://wunc.org Governor McCrory Signs Bill To Rework Common Core 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 Lawmakers To Spend At Least Another Week On State Budget http://wunc.org/post/lawmakers-spend-least-another-week-state-budget <p>House and Senate leaders are back in Raleigh today to try to resolve large differences in their spending plans for the year.&nbsp;</p><p>They're now two weeks past their deadline, as they've been at odds over how much to pay teachers and at what cost. Senators want to give large raises of about 11 percent, but they would pay for them in part by cutting more than 6,000 teacher assistants.&nbsp;</p><p>House leaders have been adamant about providing more modest raises without laying off any educators or impacting the state's Medicaid health insurance program.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:07:22 +0000 Reema Khrais 38938 at http://wunc.org Lawmakers To Spend At Least Another Week On State Budget