Lessons learned on Voter ID


Last week’s abrupt turnabout in the General Assembly on Voter ID surprised lawmakers on both sides of the aisle as well as attorneys in the lawsuits set for trial this summer. The changes, which include provisions allowing voters lacking photo ID to cast a provisional ballot once they’ve signed a sworn statement indicating that [Continue Reading…]

Senate pushes to eliminate health retirement benefits for North Carolina’s teachers and state employees


Buried deep in the Senate budget proposal that lawmakers passed last week is a provision that would eliminate state-paid health retirement benefits for teachers and state employees who are hired after January 1, 2016. “This puts the state at a major disadvantage in the recruitment and retention of state employees, teachers, and [Continue Reading…]

Senate budget ends health retirement benefits for future teachers and state employees


Editor’s note: This story is cross-posted from the Progressive Pulse, where it originally appeared. A few short lines in the 2015-17 Senate budget would eliminate state-paid health retirement benefits for teachers and state employees hired after January 1, 2016. “This will negatively impact the state’s ability to recruit good, qualified folks,” said Richard [Continue Reading…]

NC Senate unveils education budget that guts teacher assistants, rewards less experienced teachers


Senate proposes cutting more than 8,500* teacher assistant positions Senate leaders unveiled portions of a 2015-17 budget proposal Monday that gives teachers an average four percent pay raise and lowers class sizes in the early grades— but much like last year’s initial Senate proposal, the budget would also substantially gut funding for teacher [Continue Reading…]

North Carolina gets an F on its effort to fund public schools


National reports note wide resource disparities Two national reports released this week find that North Carolina is failing to adequately fund its public schools, mirroring a years-long trend of state disinvestment in public education. In documenting the massive resource disparities in public schools nationwide, reports issued by the Education Law Center (ELC) and [Continue Reading…]

In a split decision, Fourth Circuit releases Pitt County Schools from desegregation orders


Pitt County schools have fulfilled their obligations under desegregation orders first entered more than 40 years ago and need no longer remain subject to federal oversight, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 decision released yesterday. Writing for the panel in Everett v. Pitt County Board of Education, [Continue Reading…]