Feb 5, 2018

NC Politics in the News

Your weekly North Carolina political news report.


NEWS & OBSERVER: New report praises NC charter schools, marking a shift from previous years

Two years after state education officials were accused of being too negative about charter schools, a new report praises North Carolina's fast-growing charter schools and warns of "inequity" in their funding.

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES: NC class size law causing headaches for schools, changes possible

Most North Carolina legislators and educators agree that smaller classes in early grades would improve learning.

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: NC school board delays choosing operator for takeover school

North Carolina's school officials are going to keep looking for a company to run the first academically low-performing school to be taken away from its local school board.

WRAL-NEWS: NC school leaders ask for budget flexibility as lawmakers examine school funding

North Carolina public school leaders urged lawmakers Wednesday to give them more flexibility in managing their budgets, more funding for students with disabilities and less responsibility in distributing money to charter schools.

WUNC-NEWS: Amid national shootings, NC legislators discuss if arming teachers is best response

A state legislative committee that oversees emergency management heard an update last week on school safety measures.

Energy & Environment

NEWS & OBSERVER: Atlantic Coast Pipeline could bring $57.8M headache for Gov. Roy Cooper

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will bring more than natural gas to North Carolina. It could bring legal headaches for Gov. Roy Cooper.

WRAL-NEWS: State science panel nearing safety recommendation for GenX

Scientists appointed to advise the state on GenX say they're getting close to a recommendation on safety levels.

Health Care

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: DHHS submits behavioral health strategic plan to legislature

State health officials last Thursday submitted a strategic plan for improving behavioral health services with a focus on resolving the opioid epidemic.

In the Courts

NEWS & OBSERVER: Don’t let lawmakers ‘hang on to the fruits of their racial-gerrymandering labor,’ challengers say

North Carolina voters soon could find out which election districts for state Senate and House seats will be used this year.

DURHAM HERALD SUN: North Carolina justices won’t move elections ruling quickly

The North Carolina Supreme Court on Friday refused Gov. Roy Cooper's requests to accelerate legal action in a power struggle with Republican legislators.

ABC-13 NEWS: North Carolina’s top court deciding who runs public schools

North Carolina's top court will decide whether legislators can interpret the state constitution in a way that gives control of about $10 billion a year in public school spending to an elected schools superintendent instead of the appointed state school board.

NEWS & OBSERVER: Judge reinstates for NC Supreme Court and appeals court races

A federal judge decided Wednesday that partisan primaries must go ahead for North Carolina appellate court races in 2018, partially halting a state law that had canceled them this year.