Category Archives: NC General Assembly

Posts about the NC General Assembly

Review of WRAL’s “Grading Teacher Pay”

Last night, WRAL aired “Grading Teacher Pay,” a short documentary examining various aspects of the teacher pay debate in North Carolina.  I posted some thoughts on the documentary here. My general take is that it “was like a Jim Hunt Big Mac, hold the Berger.”






NEA should practice what they preach

Today, the National Education Association (NEA) issued a press release on behalf of a dozen civics, history, and social studies teachers (and presumably NEA members).  It calls on the U.S. Senate to hold confirmation hearings for Merrick Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and President Obama’s U.S. SupremeContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a project tying former N.C. judges to election redistricting reform. Barry Smith reports on two bills filed in the N.C. General Assembly to end a controversial toll road project on Interstate 77 north of Charlotte. Katherine Restrepo’s Daily Journal ponders North Carolina’s dwindling Obamacare options.






New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith and Dan Way report for Carolina Journal Online on the prospects for a limited spending increase and additional tax cuts in the next N.C. state budget. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains how recent state budget restraint has helped Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders as they address this year’s budget priorities.






Restraint in growth, tax cuts, investments in education, getting folks back to work – off to a good start

With the General Assembly set to begin the short session on Monday, discussion will focus on the 2016-17 state budget. We’ve heard the Governor’s priorities and have a good idea of where legislative leaders are headed. Think in excess of $22 billion in state funding, but (sit down, please) when you add in federal fundingContinue Reading






This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Gov. Pat McCrory wants 5 percent average pay raises and 3.5 percent average bonuses for N.C. public school teachers. Terry Stoops analyzes McCrory’s proposal during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. State Sen. Andy Wells discusses the General Assembly’s recent review of state occupational licensing rules. Thomas Maher of the N.C. Office of IndigentContinue Reading






New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a Medicaid managed-care group’s support for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina. John Hood’s Daily Journal offers two ideas for addressing ongoing controversy linked to House Bill 2.






Languishing union gets partial legal victory

The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to eliminate tenure for teachers who obtained it prior to the repeal of the tenure law in 2013.  Associate Justice Bob Edmunds writes, We conclude that repeal of the Career Status Law unlawfully infringes upon the contract rights of those teachers who had already achievedContinue Reading