Category Archives: Gov. Pat McCrory

In case you missed her …

Becki Gray responded on Time Warner Cable News’ “Capital Tonight” to Gov. Pat McCrory’s decision to allow a new coal ash law to take effect without his signature.

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the political and constitutional implications of a separation-of-powers dispute between Gov. Pat McCrory and state legislative leaders. Jon Sanders’ Daily Journal exposes the folly of fast-food workers’ attempt to more than double the government-mandated minimum wage.

Attorney Bob Orr says ‘no gamesmanship’ in Opportunity Scholarships timing

Bob Orr, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys in the lawsuit challenging Opportunity Scholarships, said there was no attempt to strategically calculate the timing of the legal action to try to disrupt the program in its first year. “It’s certainly no gamesmanship on the part of the plaintiffs,” Orr said Tuesday. In a CJ Online article,Continue Reading

Wake County teacher salary schedules: Before and after the raise

The N.C. General Assembly increased teacher pay. But changes to the structure of the salary schedule make it difficult for taxpayers to understand the dynamics of the raise. Below is a comparison of Wake County’s 2013-14 and 2014-15 teacher salary schedules.  The annual salary listed includes the local salary supplement, which is one of theContinue Reading

NCAE proudly posts photo of meeting with Jim Hunt

Courtesy of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Facebook page: The photo also includes NCAE’s “messaging ideas,” which are written on a large sheet of paper behind Governor Hunt.  I’ll try my best to decipher the writing, but none of them are terribly revealing. – NCAE = public education students, educators, and ESP’s [educationContinue Reading

Why are some teachers griping about their hefty pay raise?

“Here’s a fact: Every public school teacher will make more than they did last year. The state budget has a provision that would prevent teachers from making less.” – Reema Khrais, “Explaining NC’s Teacher Pay Raises,” WUNC Radio, August 8, 2014. The state budget recently passed by the N.C. General Assembly set aside $290 millionContinue Reading

Legislators change the way the state funds enrollment growth

There appears to be some confusion and displeasure about a provision that changes the way that budget writers construct the education budget. The issue boils down to when and where to include additional state funding for projected growth in student enrollment. There are two options. 1)    Include funding for enrollment growth at the beginning ofContinue Reading

Gov. Pat McCrory taps B.W. Collier to lead SBI

Gov. Pat McCrory wasted no time appointing an acting head of the State Bureau of Investigation. Hours after signing the budget, which contained a provision transferring the SBI from the Justice Department to the Department of Public Safety, McCrory appointed Bernard “B.W.” Collier II as its acting director. He will be sworn into office onContinue Reading