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NC Courts sort voucher law, students stay in class

| September 15, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Associated Press, published in Winston-Salem Journal, September 14, 2014. Medical assistant Melanie Moss wanted better things for her children. The public schools weren’t bad but her daughter was coming home last year complaining of boredom. Then she won a lottery for a new program promoted by North Carolina conservatives helping students from low-income families […]

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Fewer NC students aspire to teach

| September 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Julie Ball, Asheville Citizen-Times, September 12, 2014. No one could talk Gary McDermott out of teaching. The 29-year-old is drawn to the profession and he’s determined to stick with it. “Some people say they wouldn’t recommend this to anyone. But I try and avoid those negative people because I’m still going to do this […]

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UNC leaders to consider future of research and policy centers

| September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jane Stancill, News and Observer, September 11, 2014. The UNC Board of Governors has launched a review of the more than 200 centers and institutes housed at North Carolina’s public universities. UNC board members said there is no immediate plan to eliminate or cut any of the largely research-focused institutes, which brought in $556 […]

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New scoring test scale helps NC school students’ scores

| September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Lynn Bonner and T. Keung Hui, News and Observer, September 4, 2014. Public school students’ standardized test performance took a giant leap this year, largely helped along by a new scoring scale that makes the tests easier to pass. The statewide overall passing rate in all subjects was 56.3 percent, compared with last year’s […]

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Wake County teacher salary schedules: Before and after the raise

| September 4, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Terry Stoops, John Locke Foundation, September 2, 2014. The N.C. General Assembly increased teacher pay. But changes to the structure of the salary schedule make it difficult for taxpayers to understand the dynamics of the raise. Below is a comparison of Wake County’s 2013-14 and 2014-15 teacher salary schedules.  The annual salary listed includes the local […]

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Art Pope tells UNC board to exercise oversight over spending

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jane Stancill, News and Observer, September 3, 2014. Outgoing State Budget Director Art Pope told UNC system board members Wednesday that North Carolina’s public universities have low tuition, generous taxpayer support and managerial flexibility that demands more transparency and accountability. And, on a familiar topic, Pope challenged the board to exercise more oversight over […]

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Supreme Court refuses emergency release of school voucher funds

| September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Anne Blythe, News and Observer, September 2, 2014. North Carolina’s Supreme Court has rejected a request from legislative leaders for an emergency release of voucher funds while they appeal a court decision that declared the program unconstitutional. The state’s highest court, which just had a change in leadership with the mandatory retirement of Chief […]

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At UNC-Chapel Hill, the truth about grades

| September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jane Stancill, News and Observer, August 30, 2014. Tar Heels in search of the easy A, beware. Starting this fall, UNC-Chapel Hill transcripts will provide a little truth in grading. From now on, transcripts for university graduates will contain a healthy dose of context. Next to a student’s grade, the record will include the […]

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Supreme Court asked to release voucher funds

| August 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Anne Blythe, News and Observer, August 26, 2014. Advocates of the North Carolina school voucher program did not wait for a judge to write his order declaring public taxpayer assistance for private schools unconstitutional before trying to halt the effects of his ruling. On Friday, they asked the N.C. Court of Appeals to issue […]

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Vouchers unconstitutional; state must retrieve distributed funds

| August 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

by Sharon McCloskey and Lindsay Wagner, NC Policy Watch, August 21, 2014. In a stunning rebuke to state lawmakers’ efforts to bring school vouchers to North Carolina, Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood today found the recently-enacted “Opportunity Scholarship Program” unconstitutional and permanently enjoined disbursement of state funds for that purpose. “The General Assembly […]

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