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State lawmakers poised to loosen rules for virtual charter schools

In the space of one day last week, North Carolina’s virtual charter schools saw their controversial plans for overhauling attendance requirements axed, and then, mostly, restored. Such is the often rapid-fire speed of amendments lobbed in state House and Senate committees as North Carolina lawmakers wrangle over their budget plan this month. But as House leaders approved their spending plan last week and Senate budget chiefs prepared to unveil their proposals this week, one thing is clear, according to the state’s public school advocates: The virtual charters, besieged by high dropout rates and nationwide concerns about poor academic performance, are bound for relaxed regulations in North Carolina anyway.

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ECU chancellor-elect brings complicated, political past to new role

Critics question whether ideology trumps academics in Staton's hiring

Late last month, when Cecil Staton—Republican politician, religious scholar, businessman and right-wing book publisher—was named the future chancellor of East Carolina University, the news came and went with little reaction from most North Carolinians.

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Is it time to scrap the state’s salary schedule for teachers?

Key budget writer ponders better approach to compensate and retain educators

N.C. Rep. Craig Horn, an influential budget writer from Union County who chairs the House education appropriations committee, isn't sure he likes the current salary scale for teachers, the one adopted by lawmakers two years ago that nixes annual raises for teachers in favor of a multi-tiered approach with bigger pay bumps every five years.

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Unvalued and unprotected

How HB2 increases the pressure on North Carolina's LGBTQ students

“We all know this. It’s intuitive, but the data is there to support it.”

Emily Greytak, research director at the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), one of the nation’s leading advocacy and policy organizations for LGBTQ students in K-12 schools, is assessing the startling data about school experience. Greytak’s able to reel off one number after another reflecting, in stark detail, the stunning disparities between LGBTQ youth and their peers when it comes to their school experience.

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NCPW Q&A: Meet the trans youth taking a stand against Gov. Pat McCrory and House Bill 2

Freshman year of high school is, for some people, already an uphill climb.

It was a different challenge altogether for Hunter Schafer, a Raleigh teenager who says she came out just before ninth grade and immediately began transitioning. By her sophomore year, Schafer had adopted female pronouns and began using the women’s restroom at school.

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As lawmakers square off over teacher raises, an $8 billion problem looms

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools may be shrinking—at the startling rate of about 250 students per year since 2011—but the myriad concerns about failing heating and air conditioning systems and ventilation have gone nowhere. In Johnston County, a suburban ...
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NCPW exclusive: Lawyer for transgender Virginia teen discusses federal case that could blow up HB2

When North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed the highly controversial House Bill 2 in late March, Joshua Block was doing the same thing he’s been doing most days since January: waiting for a potentially seismic court decision from ...
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Legislators advance controversial Achievement School District proposal

Plan could give for-profit charter operators control over low-performing public schools

A controversial reform method that turns over management of low-performing schools to charter operators met with a speedy, unanimous approval in a legislative study committee Wednesday morning, but not without some reservations from one of the N.C. General Assembly’s most powerful budget writers.

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Run or retain – Justices to decide how they keep their seats

Six justices of the state Supreme Court will hear argument this morning in a case that just might determine their own judicial destinies, considering in Faires v. State Board of Elections whether a new law subjecting them to an up-or-down approval vote at the end of their eight-year terms – as opposed to a contested election against a challenger – satisfies the constitutional mandate that justices in North Carolina be “elected.”

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McCrory’s teacher pay proposal draws skepticism, cautious optimism

State’s education leaders await specifics in governor’s budget Many of North Carolina’s political leaders may still be roiling over the backlash to the state’s broad anti-LGBT law this week, but Gov. Pat McCrory wants to talk about public ...
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Schools, students struggle with impact of North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law

For some children in North Carolina public schools, going to the bathroom has always been an ordeal. Now, one week after the state’s lawmakers passed a widely-criticized anti-LGBT bill that bars transgender accommodations for public restrooms, things are ...
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House Bill 2 lands its first challenge; legal scholars examine prejudice, motives behind the anti-LGBT legislation

Three state residents and several gay, lesbian and transgender advocacy organizations filed a federal lawsuit early yesterday morning challenging the constitutionality of North Carolina House Bill 2, the hastily-enacted law that not only targets transgender individuals by limiting their use of public restrooms to those corresponding to their birth sex but also preempts all local non-discrimination ordinances.

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Racial divisions grow in state’s largest school districts

For Justin Perry, all of this—the landmark court case that dismantled Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ (CMS) diversity-friendly school assignments at the turn of the century, the bitter wringing of hands that followed and, today, a school system seemingly more stratified ...
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Greenlighting broadband expansion

Appeals court to decide who draws the lines

The city of Wilson prides itself on being North Carolina’s first gigabit city, offering businesses and residents broadband services with speeds 100 times faster than what’s offered elsewhere in the state.

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Black students significantly more likely to face suspension in North Carolina

“We’re in a state of emergency when it comes to education.”

N.C. Rep. Garland Pierce, a Democrat from Scotland County and the chairman of the state’s Legislative Black Caucus, insists he’s not overstating the crisis for black students in North Carolina today.

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