House education budget boosts teacher pay and school vouchers, falls short on classroom needs


House lawmakers unveiled a draft biennial budget Monday that includes pay raises for all teachers and a patchwork of funding initiatives aimed at improving leadership and instruction — but what’s not in the budget is what some say will prove to be the biggest challenge ahead for North Carolina’s classrooms. “The proposed [Continue Reading…]

Emails between Tom Ross, UNC Board of Governors show concern about Ross’ dismissal


Several members of the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors contacted UNC President Tom Ross in the days after he was pushed to resign, relaying their sorrow about what happened, according to emails recently obtained by N.C. Policy Watch. “I have enjoyed getting to know you and consider you to be a [Continue Reading…]

State Board of Education considers proposals to reduce high-stakes testing in NC


The impetus for state education leaders to reexamine how North Carolina’s students are assessed on their academic progress rests with the understanding that students take too many tests and educators don’t learn enough about their students’ learning until it’s too late. Students sit for end-of-grade exams, walk out the door for the summer [Continue Reading…]

U.S. Supreme Court maps out the road ahead for the North Carolina redistricting case


Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court order sending the North Carolina redistricting case back for further review, though encouraging for the plan’s challengers and for voting rights advocates as well, came as little surprise to most legal experts. After all, the court had done the same thing just a few weeks earlier in a redistricting [Continue Reading…]

Lawmakers move bill that would make it a felony offense for a student to assault a teacher


Students who assault teachers could soon face felony charges in North Carolina, according to a bill that was green-lighted by a Senate committee on Wednesday—despite concerns raised that under the proposed law, even minor infractions could result in a lifetime of lost opportunities for some of the state’s youth. “We’re having more serious [Continue Reading…]