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Tennessee will shutter virtual school run by K12, Inc., for-profit company seeking to set up in North Carolina

Tennessee’s education commissioner has ordered the closure of a struggling K12, Inc.-operated online school, as lawmakers here at home debate a budget proposal that could pave the way for K12 to finally set up shop in North Carolina. Tennessee Virtual Academy began operating in 2011 and struggled to produce positive academic results from the get ...

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UNC system puts brakes on using tuition revenue for need-based aid

North Carolina’s public universities can’t keep turning to tuition revenues to fund need-based aid for lower-income students, a move could lessen how much aid is available for coming classes and lead some to take on more student loans. The university system’s Board of Governors unanimously passed a four-year tuition proposal Friday that puts a 15 ...

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$500 raise a “slap in the face” for school bus drivers, teacher assistants and other public school employees

Bettina Vinson has driven a school bus in Wake County for 17 years, and when she learned that after years of frozen pay she would receive a $500 raise according to the budget proposal state legislators are debating now in Raleigh, she was shocked. “It was like a slap in the face,” said Vinson. Lawmakers ...

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NC JUSTICE NEWS: Meet the Staff - Tazra Mitchell + The Real Tax Cut Numbers + Amendment One Inches Towards Repeal

Authors: Julia HawesResearch & Publications: NC Justice NewsIssues: State BudgetUnemployment and Unemployment InsuranceMEET THE STAFF: Tazra Mitchell, Public Policy Analyst, Budget & Tax Center
We all know elections can change lives. Tazra Mitchell, a Public Policy Analyst with the NC Justice Center's Budget & Tax Center, is living proof of that.

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NC JUSTICE NEWS: Meet the Staff - Tazra Mitchell + The Real Tax Cut Numbers + Amendment One Inches Towards Repeal

Authors: Julia HawesResearch & Publications: NC Justice NewsIssues: State BudgetUnemployment and Unemployment InsuranceMEET THE STAFF: Tazra Mitchell, Public Policy Analyst, Budget & Tax Center
We all know elections can change lives. Tazra Mitchell, a Public Policy Analyst with the NC Justice Center's Budget & Tax Center, is living proof of that.

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Attorneys asking Supreme Court to review 4th Circuit ruling on Obamacare tax credit

Last week’s unanimous Fourth Circuit ruling in King v. Burwell, upholding the availability of Affordable Care Act tax credits to health insurance purchasers on both state exchanges and the federal exchange, may be heading to the U.S. Supreme Court. Yesterday, attorneys for challengers to that ruling filed a petition asking the high court to take the ...

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Budget moves forward without acknowledgement of higher cost of tax plan

Over the course of the past three days, nearly 10,000 North Carolinians signed a petition calling on legislators to address the rising cost of the tax cuts that passed last year.  Tax cuts that primarily benefit wealthy taxpayers and profitable corporations.  The petition was delivered yesterday to legislators and yet early this morning the Senate ...

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Here we go again with the three-judge court

The notion that the state should have a three-judge panel at the trial court level to decide constitutional challenges to state laws was the brainchild of the Senate, appearing in its budget back in May. Although the House had no similar language in its draft budget, the provision is back in the latest (and supposed final) ...

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Latest budget details eugenics claims payment process

Provisions in the latest budget explain the payment process for the 780 eugenics claims submitted to the Office for Justice for Sterilization Victims by the June 30 deadline, and set some hard deadlines for those whose claims have been received by the deadline but are missing information. (Despite a request by the state NAACP, the General Assembly ...

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‘New kid on the block’ scolds Senate leaders over budget rush-job (video)

Senator Jeff Jackson took Senate leaders to task Thursday for rushing to approve the $21.1 billion budget plan just hours after the 260-page document had been made public. The Mecklenburg County Democrat, appointed in May to  replace former state Senator Dan Clodfelter, chastised the chamber for failing to include any members of minority party in ...

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