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    NC Election Outcomes: Tight Races and Divided Government

    This year’s election had record voter turnout. With more people casting ballots than in any other year in recent memory, more North Carolinians voiced their opinions at the ballot box. North Carolina is a unique state, being much more comfortable with divided government than other states. As reporters Martha Quillin…
    Brenee Goforth, November 13, 2020
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    Anybody’s Game: NC’s Elections Are Tight

    As North Carolina continues an election cycle, it is becoming more and more clear just how competitive the 2020 races are in the state. According to the latest polling from the Civitas Institute, Joe Biden holds only a slim margin over President Donald Trump. Carolina Journal reports: A…
    Brenee Goforth, October 30, 2020
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    Wild times in Johnston County

    The Johnston County Schools has an $8.8 million budget deficit, and school board member Ronald Johnson claimed that the superintendent and some school board members were up to no good.  In response, school board members pushed back on Johnson’s claims.  On Friday, interim school superintendent Jim Causby resigned.  Causby…
    Terry Stoops, January 13, 2020
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    CMS takes a chance on Earnest Winston

    The Charlotte Observer reports that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education hired Earnest Winston to be their new superintendent. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board moved swiftly Friday to name acting superintendent Earnest Winston to the job long-term under a three-year contract. He becomes the district’s fifth superintendent in little more than eight years.
    Terry Stoops, August 2, 2019
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    Why did Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools superintendent Larry Cartner resign?

    Last week, Larry Cartner resigned as superintendent of Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools (ECPPS). The resignation came two weeks before the district starts classes.  The ECPPS school board refuses to discuss the circumstances of his resignation because it is a personnel matter. Cartner became ECPPS superintendent in 2015 after working…
    Terry Stoops, August 21, 2018
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    CMS superintendent asserting more power over district

    Charlotte Observer Ann Doss Helms has the details: At the board retreat and in a June meeting with principals, Wilcox says he thinks CMS has swung too far toward freedom. He noted that third-grade reading proficiency, targeted by North Carolina’s General Assembly as a key skill that needs improvement,…
    Terry Stoops, July 24, 2018
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    Former NC superintendent used federal funds for bounce houses

    The NC Auditor’s office allege (pdf) that Joe Davis, former superintendent of the Washington County Schools in North Carolina and current superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District in Missouri*, used over $9,000 in federal Title I funds to rent bounce houses, spent $600 to rent a video game…
    Terry Stoops, January 5, 2016
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    Highest paid Public School Superintendents

    Ever wonder how much your county’s school superintendent gets paid?  The Rowan Free Press published this data in 2013, but as the General Assembly begins drafting its budgets for the next biennium, I thought it was appropriate to bring it up. The General Assembly sets the base pay for teachers across North…
    Sarah Curry, May 4, 2015