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Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act with a 85-12 vote...
Lawmakers are moving forward with plans to sell houses and other real properties owned by the state that are unused, or have not been used to their full potential.
Saying the current plan is antiquated, a legislative agency on Monday recommended that the state scrap its three-tiered system for awarding economic development grants.
The average annual income in North Carolina is just over $40,000. But senior-level bureaucrats in the University of North Carolina system's General Administration (GA)-who take home six-figure salaries-say they need a raise. This Friday, the system's Board of Governors will vote on a proposed...
Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after the announcement that Margaret Spellings was unanimously elected President of the University of North Carolina System by the Board of Governors
Results from an employer survey recently released by the University of North Carolina system suggest that graduates of the state's 16 public universities - especially those from less selective schools - are deficient in terms of their written and oral communication, work ethic, and workplace etiquet
Despite recent legislation easing some restrictions on the marketplace, North Carolina's rate-setting structure for car insurance is little more than a government price-fixing scheme that hits consumers in the wallet while protecting the profits of some insurance companies, a consumer advocate...
Measuring the performance of colleges - and holding them accountable for their performance - is an unsolved problem. A new "earnings gains" measure of community colleges in North Carolina aims to solve it.
Gov. Pat McCrory's spokesman confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the governor met with "a candidate" for president of the UNC system at the governor's mansion. This news, in an email to Carolina Journal, came just as the UNC system released an agenda showing that the new president will be named at...
UNC Board of Governors Chairman John Fennebresque and Margaret Spellings, the top candidate to become UNC system president, left a recent "emergency" meeting of the board to meet with Gov. Pat McCrory, a source at the meeting told Carolina Journal. Fennebresque and Spellings were in a closed...
Much happened in the final hours of the N.C. General Assembly's latest session: some good, some bad, and altogether too much in general for those interested in good government to rest easy. The process used had a worrisome lack of openness and transparency.
A resolution is on the Tuesday, July 7th, 2015, Beaufort County Board of Commissioners meeting agenda to dissolve the above described 9 member board, also known as the "Hospital Board".
When Vidant agreed to lease BC Hospital, they refused to assume the liabilities that were lurking from past mismanagement, an amount estimated to be around $22 million.
Governor Pat McCrory today challenged the North Carolina Education Cabinet to continue to work together to ensure North Carolina's education system is preparing students for the skills business and industry will need in the future.
Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement after the announcement that Scott Ralls would be leaving his position as head of the North Carolina Community College System for the presidency of Northern Virginia Community College...
The taxpayers of North Carolina have historically made a tremendous commitment to education, and the next biennium will continue that legacy. More than 54 percent, or over $12 billion of our General Fund spending will be directed to education in each year of the biennium.
The UNC Board of Governors perhaps opened a can of worms by allowing three historically black universities to lower their SAT admission standards.
In previous newsletters, I've discussed how both ends of the political spectrum strive to reform our nation's health care delivery system by following through with the "triple aim" concept of former CMS administrator Dr. Donald Berwick - increase access to care, reduce health care costs, and...
Over half of students who graduated in 2013 and subsequently enrolled in a North Carolina community college took one or more remedial or "developmental" courses in math and/or English.
Last week Gov. Pat McCrory released his budget proposal for the 2015-2017 biennium, his spending plan for $22 billion in each of the next two fiscal years. While there are some positive spending decisions in this budget, there are also some discouraging choices in certain areas of government...
It's going to take a while longer for the North Carolina Legislature to pass its two-year budget. Part of the hold up will be finalizing an agreement on reforming the state's certificate of need (CON) law, which requires health systems and medical providers to first obtain a hall pass from the...
Last night my wife and I went to see a movie. It was a very popular movie and we were required to wait our turn in a long line to purchase our tickets. After purchasing our tickets we proceeded through the metal detector to ensure we were not carrying weapons.
The GOP takeover in Raleigh presented all kinds of opportunities to remake the political landscape for years to come.
A new report from the Center for American Progress alleges that the "Great Recession" that began in 2008 devastated public university investments nationwide.
Yesterday, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted against legislation that would, among other things, borrow millions of dollars from Russia and China in order to build a missile defense system in Poland to protect Europe from the Russians.
North Carolina's State Park System is made up of 34 state parks, four state recreation areas, and three state natural areas that cost state government $50.8 million last fiscal year.
College students are heading home for the holidays, but the University of North Carolina's Board of Governors continues its work. The Pope Center for Higher Education Policy believes the BOG has plenty of opportunities to improve North Carolina's 16-campus university system. Jane Shaw, president...
A bipartisan group in the N.C. House has introduced legislation that would transfer misdemeanor offenses by 16- and 17-year-olds from adult courts to the juvenile system.
It seemed appropriate that, on the eve of the April 15 tax filing deadline, Guilford County Board of Education member Jeff Belton would take a moment to provide a cautionary tale about government and taxes.
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