Government

NC spent $66 million on Common Core

July 18, 2014

(WRAL.com)

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has spent $66 million since 2010 to prepare teachers for Common Core standards. The N.C. House approved a bill that will repeal the rigorous standards, and Gov. Pat McCrory has said he will sign the bill. A new commission that will be created to develop new curriculum could retain some Common Core standards.

McCrory to sign Common Core bill

July 17, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory says he will sign a bill that will replace the state's Common Core education standards. The bill, approved by the state House on Wednesday, will create a commission to develop new math and language arts requirements in public schools.  

Senate budges a little on teacher pay, Medicaid

July 16, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Senate presented a budget proposal Tuesday that would give teachers an 8% salary increase and would extend Medicaid eligibility to more people than in its previous plan. The Senate had wanted 11% raises for teachers; the House had proposed a 6% increase.

Walker defeats Berger in 6th District GOP primary

July 16, 2014

(News & Record, Greensboro)

Mark Walker defeated Phil Berger Jr. in a runoff election of the Republican primary for the 6th Congressional District on Tuesday. Unofficial returns show Walker earned 60% of the vote, despite Berger's deep political connections in North Carolina.

McCrory defends House budget proposal, criticizes Senate leaders

July 15, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Gov. Pat McCrory criticized a state Senate proposal to raise teacher pay by 11%, saying the measure is "not financially reasonable." McCrory also compared GOP Senate leaders to former Democratic leaders Marc Basnight and Tony Rand in an interview with WFAE's Mike Collins on Monday.

McCrory to serve in national leadership role

July 14, 2014

(WRAL.com)

Gov. Pat McCrory will serve on the executive committee of the National Governors Association for 2014-15. McCrory was selected at the association's recent meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

McCrory says he will veto budget proposed by NC Senate

July 11, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory threatened to veto a new budget proposal from the state Senate that includes 11% pay raises for teachers. McCrory instead supports a House proposal that would give teachers a more modest 6% pay raise. The Senate plan would cut teacher assistants and remove thousands of people from Medicaid.

NC Senate postpones vote on coal-ash legislation

July 11, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The state Senate postponed voting on the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 until Monday. The legislation addresses cleanup of coal-ash storage sites across North Carolina.

Budget update: Senators walk out, House drops lottery proposal

July 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Members of the N.C. Senate walked out of budget negotiations Wednesday morning after discovering House members had invited non-legislators − school superintendents and teachers − to speak during the meeting. Later in the day, the House agreed to drop its plan to raise money by increasing the advertising budget for the state lottery.

NC Senate drops plan that ties teacher raises to tenure

July 9, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

State Senate negotiators agreed to drop a proposal that would require teachers to give up tenure to receive pay raises. The state House and Senate still have not agreed on the size of teacher pay raises or how to pay for them.