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Update: Per SCOTUSblog, the Chief Justice has asked the redistricting plan challengers for a response to the state’s application for a stay, due by 3 p.m. February 16. The fate of North Carolina’s congressional primary elections now rests ...
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The N.C. State Board of Education may be set to approve a policy limiting out-of-state leadership in North Carolina charter school boards as soon as next month, but some, including state board Chairman Bill Cobey, say the new ...
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The state court system has reasons to celebrate, according to Chief Justice Mark Martin, but adequate funding isn’t one of them. In late January Martin announced a Celebrate North Carolina Courts initiative to highlight several upcoming milestones, including ...
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Education advocates examine raising the age to 18 Aron Gabriel, assistant superintendent of Newton-Conover City Schools, hears the arguments against raising the dropout age in North Carolina from 16 to 18. Why waste resources on students who don’t ...
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Achievement school districts may be reporting mixed numbers in other states, but the controversial reform model—which could effectively turn over management of low-performing public schools, including hiring and firing powers, to for-profit charter operators—seems bound for a pilot ...
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North Carolina’s fledgling virtual charter schools are recording staggeringly high withdrawal rates in their opening months. Now public education advocates are asking what happens to the public funding diverted from local school districts to bankroll the controversial pilot ...
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The challenge to the state’s voter photo ID law heads to trial in Winston-Salem federal court on Monday, bringing to a close the first chapter of the lawsuits challenging the state’s radical revision of its election laws in ...
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Burrow into Lee Christian School’s “lifestyle statements and covenant” –a wordy, contractual document requiring the signature of parents, school employees and students grades 6-12—and you’ll find this nugget: “Gender confusion and dysphoria are ultimately the biological, psychological social ...
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The U.S. Supreme Court opened the second part of this year’s term on Monday with argument in a case that challenges the high court’s support for public sector unions, considering in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association whether compelling ...
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[Editor’s note: During the holidays, NC Policy Watch is taking a look back at 2015 by featuring some of our top news stories and commentaries from the past 12 months. We hope you will enjoy them and feel ...
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The past year was a whirlwind for the state’s acclaimed public university system, beginning with the surprise ouster of its much-respected president and ending with the selection of a successor whose career has been deeply steeped in national ...
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New and ongoing legal challenges to much of the controversial legislation enacted in North Carolina these past few years continued in 2015, proving once again why courts as final arbiters matter. Here are some of the highlights. Marriage ...
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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear argument Tuesday morning in two of the four redistricting cases it has already accepted for review, with several more percolating in places like North Carolina, making this potentially a blockbuster term for ...
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An online college granted money in the last state budget is facing snags enrolling North Carolina students. Western Governors University stopped accepting students from North Carolina this fall because it hasn’t yet gotten the required approval from the ...
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State and federal regulators announced a string of court victories and settlements involving predatory for-profit colleges in recent weeks, and while at first glance the numbers are big and the recognition of widespread deception precedential, the impact on ...
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