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After fifteen months of work, the ASRC is in the process of finalizing their reports and submitting them to the State Board of Education and General Assembly. Their work has been thorough and has included surveys, examination of other standards in other states, testimony from experts and parents.
Wake County Public Schools are growing at a slower rate than expected, and the reasons for this trend illuminate the growing gap between what the traditional public schools offer and what many parents want for their children.
Two Charlotte media organizations, the Charlotte Observer and WBTV, ran stories last week about a legislator who appears to have made stealth changes to legislation that would possibly benefit some of his contributors
On Friday, December 18th, the North Carolina Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC) tasked with providing recommendations to replace Common Core standards held their last meeting. All indications over the prior fourteen months of meetings pointed to substantial changes being recommended.
Progressive critics of North Carolina's historic 2013 tax reforms are quick to seize on topline unemployment rate figures in an attempt to discredit the rate cuts. But a closer look shows that in fact our state has enjoyed stellar job growth since taxes were cut.
CLF filed suit against the NC Department of Environmental Quality on behalf of county residents Stephen Owens and Jillanne Gigi Badawi, alleging that they were aggrieved by the agency's determination that Iberdrola Renewables' Amazon Wind Farm East was not subject to state permitting standards.
The Durham County Board of Elections met to hear the challenge to Ivanna Gonzalez's voter registration. In less than an hour, the two board members present (one Democrat and one Republican), voted to dismiss the case for lack of evidence.
Now that the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) has defied an audit mandated by state law, what happens next?
The office of Sen. Bill Cook (R-District 1) announced Wednesday, December 09, 2015 the interim committees that Cook will serve on before returning to Raleigh for the short legislative session.
Governor Pat McCrory was at Dixon Elementary School this morning to congratulate teachers on receiving grants as part of the Bright Ideas program of the Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), one of North Carolina's electric cooperatives.
Sen. Bill Cook (R-District 1) announced Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 that five key projects in Senate District 1 will be completed sooner as a result of major transportation funding reforms passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2015.
Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement on the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act
Tomorrow at 9:00 AM, December 9, Representatives Walter B. Jones (NC-3) and Thomas Massie (KY-4) will hold a press conference in the House Triangle on their bill to de-authorize the office allowances, franking privileges, and staff help that former speakers of the House enjoy when leave office...
Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory hosted an open house at the Executive Mansion today for people who contributed to the Rescue Christmas Tree located in the Sun Room of the residence.
Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction released student performance data for all schools and school districts in the state. The release included school performance grades, end-of-course and end-of-grade achievement level results, school accountability growth data, the 4-year and...
No report is more controversial, misunderstood, and misread than the Annual Report on Teachers Leaving the Profession.
Nora Carr is the Guilford County Schools Chief of Staff to Superintendent Mo Green and writes columns on communications and messaging for the American School Board Journal.
The truth is that education school enrollment is dropping nationwide. According to the latest Title II reports published by the U.S. Department of Education, there was a 30 percent drop in education school enrollment between the 2008-09 and 2012-13 school years. Nearly 110,000 fewer students...
The State Board of Education's decision to intervene in the affairs of the Halifax County Schools is hardly surprising. Decades of mismanagement and dysfunction have led to high teacher turnover rates and appalling student achievement outcomes.
As I have previously reported, last May US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I) proposed subjecting people who make politically incorrect statements about climate change to criminal investigation, and in September a group of respected academics went on the record endorsing that outrageous idea...
The graph below compares the temperature predictions of the major climate models to actual climate change figures using satellite data, considered to be the most accurate, going back to 1979 when satellite records began. The graph, compiled by University of Alabama at Huntsville climatologists...
Obamacare's third annual enrollment period for health insurance is officially underway. Americans who do not have access to employer-sponsored health insurance, are self-employed, or have been dumped into the individual marketplace by their employers have the opportunity to sign up or renew their...
Medical providers will tell you that about 75 percent of health care can be provided in a primary care setting. Yet rising health insurance premiums and narrower networks are making it a burden for patients to access basic health care.
In October the NC State Bar and LegalZoom, Inc. announced a settlement in their long-running dispute over the latter's online, self-help, legal document service. As Ben Barton describes it at Bloomberg's Big Law Business blog, the terms of that settlement constitute a win for LegalZoom and its...
Every year the Tax Foundation publishes the State Business Tax Climate Index, which allows taxpayers, businesses, and policy makers an easy comparison of how their states' tax systems relate. This ranking of the states is based on tax policy has been very important in North Carolina over the last...
Back in June I discussed Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's disturbing suggestion that energy companies that raise doubts about the Administration's response to climate change should be prosecuted under federal racketeering law. At the time it seemed like a farfetched proposal and a clear violation of the...
Last week, the NC Department of Public Instruction released financial data for the 2014-15 school year. In the table below, I included per pupil expenditure figures and (composite) grade-level math and reading proficiency percentages for students in grades 3-8.
Back in March of this year the Beaufort County Republican Party Executive Committee voted to recommend for appointment to the Board of Elections Dr Delma Blinson.
The North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP) today released the following statement after Ken Spaulding filed for the North Carolina Governor's race.
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