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N.C. charter school advocates Baker Mitchell, Paul Norcross resign from advisory board

Two members of the state’s advisory board for charter schools unexpectedly submitted their resignations yesterday. Both Baker Mitchell, of Wilmington, and Paul Norcross, of High Point, co-founded charter schools and have been some of the more prominent advocates through the N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools for the privately-run but publicly-funded schools. They also both ...

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An August recess? General Assembly to pass budget, take a two-week vacation

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about how the North Carolina General Assembly is starting to look and sound more and more like Congress — especially when it comes to the influence of big dollars from corporate fat cats and plain old, general dysfunction. Today, we got another persuasive indicator: Legislators ...

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DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos honored at “old-fashioned love fest”

Aldona Wos, North Carolina’s embattled Health and Human Services Secretary, was the woman of the hour at a luncheon held Wednesday that included remarks from Gov. Pat McCrory that Wos has been unfairly criticized. The Greensboro News & Record covered the event sponsored by the Greensboro Partnership, a booster group for city, that honored Wos.  ...

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How Justice fares in the latest budget

Here’s a quick look at how the compromise budget released last night affects the courts and justice system. Funding for the Administrative Office of the Court  The proposed budget calls for a $2.9 million reduction of funding for the AOC, but specifies that positions not be eliminated in any district operating at less than 100 percent of recommended ...

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A quick look at the education budget

Late last night, lawmakers released a final budget deal brokered between the House and Senate that provides pay raises for teachers and a number of other education funding adjustments. There’s a lot to process in the mammoth document, so let’s just get started with the basics on education, and I promise you — there will ...

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Budget deal released: Tax cuts and tight revenues are making it hard to meet Tar Heel priorities

The 2013 tax plan continues to rear its ugly head. The final budget deal released late last night is yet another reminder that the state cannot afford cost of the tax plan that primarily benefits the wealthy and profitable corporations.  If the state could afford those deep revenue cuts, budget writers would not be relying ...

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Another dismal jobs report for NC metro areas

Another new jobs report, the same old story for North Carolina’s metro areas–too many of the state’s urban centers are struggling to create jobs and meaningfully create opportunities for the unemployed. Some of the low-lights from yesterday’s June report on local area unemployment include: 13 out of 14 metros saw their labor forces decline since ...

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Paid family leave takes step forward in U.S. Senate

Support for Paid family leave advanced in the U.S. Senate yesterday, as lawmakers heard testimony on its benefits in a key Children and Families Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill. During the hearing—which was requested by U.S. Senator Kay Hagan—North Carolina business owners, advocates, and representatives of working families made the case for why paid family ...

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Ten Reasons why Educators dislike the state budget

Even as House and Senate leaders tout a seven percent pay raise for teachers, the North Carolina Association of Educators is out with a top ten list of why the final 2014-15 budget lawmakers will vote this week on is bad for education. The NCAE notes the budget compromise takes away longevity pay, funds vouchers, ...

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Huge Victory for Fast Food Workers

Yesterday the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board said that McDonald’s Corporation could be held liable as a joint employer for labor violations at its franchise operations.  The Labor Board is considering complaints brought by McDonald’s employees who claim they were retaliated against by their employers after participating in protests back in November ...

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