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
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
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.
WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: DHHS submits behavioral health strategic plan to
State health officials last Thursday submitted a strategic plan for
improving behavioral health services with a focus on resolving the opioid
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
The North Carolina Supreme Court on Friday refused Gov. Roy Cooper's
requests to accelerate legal action in a power struggle with Republican
ABC-13 NEWS: North Carolina’s top court deciding who runs public
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
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.