General Assembly 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They argue that the new Math and English standards should be repealed because they are not suitable for some students.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 'A Consummate Professional': Lawmakers Celebrate Retiring Special Counsel Gerry Cohen http://wunc.org/post/consummate-professional-lawmakers-celebrate-retiring-special-counsel-gerry-cohen <p>One of the most respected and beloved figures at the General Assembly is about to retire.</p><p>Gerry Cohen will soon finish his current job as the special counsel for the state legislature, where he was first hired as a staff attorney back in 1977. Later, he became head of the bill drafting division, where his encyclopedic memory and reputation for fairness made him a favorite among Democrats and Republicans alike.</p><p></p><p>Gerry Cohen’s office at the state legislature is filled with boxes of mementos and papers dating back several decades.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:31:27 +0000 Jessica Jones 39444 at http://wunc.org 'A Consummate Professional': Lawmakers Celebrate Retiring Special Counsel Gerry Cohen 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 Closed Door Meeting, No Budget Breakthrough http://wunc.org/post/closed-door-meeting-no-budget-breakthrough <p>Governor Pat McCrory met with Senate Republicans Tuesday to try to narrow their differences over budget adjustments meant to be in place three weeks ago. McCrory's office and a top budget negotiator confirmed the 90-minute visit.</p><p>But, Senator Harry Brown says McCrory and senators did not have a breakthrough in the closed-door gathering. The Jacksonville Republican says the governor and lawmakers proposed potential compromises to end the delays preventing the budget's completion.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:32:46 +0000 WUNC News 39407 at http://wunc.org Closed Door Meeting, No Budget Breakthrough 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 The Downside For School Districts When Large Teacher Raises Are Enacted http://wunc.org/post/downside-school-districts-when-large-teacher-raises-are-enacted <p>State lawmakers still can’t come to an agreement over how large of a pay raise they want to give public school teachers.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House leaders want to give teachers an average six percent raise, while Senate leaders want to give them about 11 percent. But the Senate plan would cut more than 6,000 teacher assistant jobs to help pay for that larger salary boost.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:40:26 +0000 Reema Khrais 38986 at http://wunc.org The Downside For School Districts When Large Teacher Raises Are Enacted 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 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