by Lindsay Marchello, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — School districts can allow elementary grade students to return to the classroom next month, Gov. Roy Cooper announced during a Sept. 17 news conference, but middle and high school students won’t have the same opportunity. The announcement — allowing local school districts to provide in-person instruction…

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by Lindsay Marchello, Carolina Journal News Service Speaker of the House Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, says nearly 50 N.C. Democratic House lawmakers and candidates have backed a dangerous pledge to defund the police, but House Minority Leader Darren Jackson, D-Wake, says that’s a lie. During a Monday, Sept. 14, news conference, Moore attacked Democrats for signing a…

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by Lindsay Marchello Each week, staff at Carolina Journal looks back at the week in N.C. politics and chooses several interesting, relevant stories you may have missed.  Reopen the schools: Five parents are challenging Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ decision to start the school year with full-time remote learning. The group of parents filed a lawsuit Sept. 3…

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by Lindsay Marchello, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Judge David Lee, the overseer of the Leandro case, approved a plan on Tuesday, Sept. 1, calling for millions more in education spending to meet North Carolina’s constitutional obligation to provide a sound, basic education to every child. But the General Assembly, whose constitutional duty it is to appropriate…

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by Lindsay Marchello, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget proposal would seize millions from school choices programs and divert it to public schools. Cooper’s plan could eventually cripple the programs while at the same time propping up failing public schools and punishing low-income families, critics say. Cooper announced a $25 billion…

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By Lindsay Marchello, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — North Carolina’s public schools and universities are asking the General Assembly for millions more to deal with COVID-19 challenges. The House Select Committee on COVID-19 education working group met for the first time in months to hear updates on how the state’s various education systems are handling…

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By Lindsay Marchello Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — University of North Carolina leaders, students, and faculty are blaming each other for the growing number of COVID-19 cases on campuses. But it’s unclear where the fault lies. Plenty of fingers were pointed at the UNC System, who left the blueprints for reopening with campus officials. Others…

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by Lindsay Marchello Each week, staff at Carolina Journal looks back at the week in N.C. politics and chooses several interesting, relevant stories you may have missed. Education team-up: Three N.C. families are joining the Institute for Justice, intervening in a lawsuit threatening the state’s private school voucher program. The N.C. Association of Educators, a…

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