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9:02 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

North Carolina: Conservatives, Educators Debate Content Of AP U.S. History Class

Melissa Hayden teaches her AP U.S. History class in Pittsboro, North Carolina at Northwood High School.
Credit Reema Khrais

At a high school in Chatham County, Melissa Hayden reminds her students about tomorrow’s big history test. They’re learning about the populism movement and western expansion.

But before they delve into those lessons, Hayden begins class with something she read in the news.

“Let’s see, this is an article that I printed off in Newsweek last week,” says Hayden, an Advanced Placement U.S. History teacher at Northwood High School.  

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Politics & Government
7:52 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Incentives Bill Spurs Debate Among Legislators

Credit Matthew Lenard

State lawmakers are at odds over intertwined bills that many argue are postponing the adjournment of the legislative session.

One of those measures -- House Bill 1224 -- is loaded with job-creation incentives aimed at luring businesses to the state. It would also cap local sales taxes. 

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Politics & Government
10:36 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Gov. McCrory Signs $21B State Budget Deal

Credit Reema Khrais

Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law the state’s $21.1 billion budget bill that was approved by the legislature last week.

The signing comes five weeks after the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1st, a deadline lawmakers did not meet because of stalled negotiations and debate largely over teacher pay and Medicaid funding. 

McCrory signed the 260-page budget deal on Thursday at the executive mansion, proudly noting that the spending plan includes raises for teachers and state employees, while not increasing taxes or making reductions in Medicaid eligibility.

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Education
9:45 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Governor McCrory Signs Bill To Rework Common Core

Credit Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

  Governor Pat McCrory has signed a bill designed to review and potentially replace the Common Core academic standards.

McCrory referred to the bill as a “Common Core review bill,” despite lawmakers who say that the legislation will work to replace the standards.

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Education
9:40 am
Tue July 15, 2014

The Downside For School Districts When Large Teacher Raises Are Enacted

Credit WUNC File Photo

State lawmakers still can’t come to an agreement over how large of a pay raise they want to give public school teachers.

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. 

It’s a concession that many school leaders say they can’t get behind. They want raises, but not by laying off thousands of teacher assistants.

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Politics & Government
11:07 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Lawmakers To Spend At Least Another Week On State Budget

Credit Matthew Lenard

House and Senate leaders are back in Raleigh today to try to resolve large differences in their spending plans for the year. 

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. 

House leaders have been adamant about providing more modest raises without laying off any educators or impacting the state's Medicaid health insurance program.

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Education
4:39 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

House, Senate Leaders Agree On Bill To Repeal Common Core

Credit Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a bill that could replace parts – if not all – of the Common Core academic standards in North Carolina.

The two chambers drafted separate bills earlier this session that would create commissions to review the English and Math standards. The House bill recommended flat out replacing the standards, while the Senate legislation left open the possibility that parts of Common Core could continue.

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Education
11:56 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Senate Republicans Offer 11 Percent Raises For Teachers Who Give Up Tenure

Senate leaders gathered for a press conference on Wednesday morning to release a plan about raising teacher pay.

Senate Republicans released a plan on Wednesday to provide what they call the "largest teacher pay raise in state history." The plan calls for an average 11 percent raise for teachers as long as they give up career status, otherwise known as tenure. Teachers who choose to not give up their job protections would stay on the current pay plan and not receive any increases. 

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Education
6:32 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

NC Bill Would Trim Funding For School Buses

Credit Dave DeWitt

 State lawmakers are considering a bill that would reduce funds for school buses over the next five years. 

The House bill would limit the number of spare buses and their replacement parts, while revising the state inspection process for school bus maintenance.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Julia Howard (R-Davie, Forsyth), says the legislation would make school bus operations more efficient, while saving about $19 million in recurring funds over the years.

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Education
8:35 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Mother, Advocates Urge Lawmakers To Require EpiPens In Schools

EpiPen Auto Injector
Credit Greg Friese via Flickr

 North Carolina lawmakers are reconsidering a bill that could help children with life-threatening food or insect allergies. The act would require each school in North Carolina to store emergency epinephrine  injectors on hand – medicine that many parents and doctors say could help save a child’s life. You can listen to the full report below.

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