UNC-Chapel Hill students plan protest over banning of law student from campus

BY: - April 12, 2023

Students at UNC-Chapel Hill are planning a walk-out Thursday in protest of the university’s banning a law student from campus after their arrest related to a protest last month in Atlanta, Georgia. Jamie Marsicano, a second-year student at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Law, was one of 23 people arrested and charged with domestic terrorism after […]

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Charter School Advisory Board is concerned that a Pitt County school is not prepared to open

BY: - April 12, 2023

A Pitt County charter school scheduled to open in July is without a school leader and hasn’t hired any teachers, the Charter School Advisory Board learned Tuesday. The charter board also discovered that Greenville Preparatory Academy has 244 applicants, which is 61% of the first-year enrollment of 400 students. Greenville Prep needs 360 students to […]

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“We are losing members of the faculty and staff,” say UNC System employees

BY: - April 12, 2023

The question of faculty and staff voices in university governance took center stage as the Governor’s Commission on the Governance of Public Universities in North Carolina held its final public listening session in Durham on Tuesday. The session, which was held at Durham Technical Community College, drew current and former faculty members and staff from […]

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Former Vice President Mike Pence to appear at UNC-Chapel Hill

BY: - April 12, 2023

Former Vice President Mike Pence will speak at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Student Union’s Great Hall April 26. The event, organized by conservative group Young America’s Foundation and the North Carolina College Republicans, is titled “Saving America from the Woke Left.” Young America’s Foundation is the national conservative group that brought conservative writer and podcaster Ben […]

State Board of Education member suggests surrounding schools with security fences

BY: - April 7, 2023

The state should build fences around schools to protect students and educators from gun violence, State Board of Education member Amy White said Thursday. White noted during the state board’s monthly meeting that there haven’t been any mass shootings at state prisons because they are heavily protected by fencing. “We should provide that same sense […]

Search for new community college system leader proceeds as GOP lawmakers look to take control

BY: - April 6, 2023

Democrats blast legislative proposal as another higher ed power grab, but Republicans say they aim to address a leadership revolving door    Next week the State Board of Community Colleges and N.C. Community Colleges Presidential Search Committee will hold two joint meetings. The meetings, April 11 and 12, will take place at 9:30 a.m. at […]

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Charter School Advisory Board would be replaced by review panel under House budget provision

BY: - April 6, 2023

A provision in the House budget would replace the Charter School Advisory Board with a review panel to oversee North Carolina’s more than 200 charter schools. The new North Carolina Charter School Review Board (CSRB) as it is called in the House budget document would become the “initial authorizer” of charter schools. The State Board […]

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Bill to allow low-performing virtual charters to continue gets favorable hearing

BY: - April 6, 2023

Senate Democrats on Tuesday opposed a bill that would allow the state’s two virtual charter schools to continue to operate despite a record of poor academic performance dating to 2015, the year both schools opened. The North Carolina Virtual Academy and the North Carolina Cyber Academy have earned “D” state performance grades each year of operation. […]

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NC House set to give final approval to its budget proposal today

BY: - April 6, 2023

The state House gave preliminary approval to its $29.8 billion budget Wednesday afternoon  with a 78-37 vote.  The budget won support from nine Democrats.  The House budget includes average teacher raises of about 10% over two years. Most state employees would receive 7.5% raises over two years. The budget is a “fiscally responsible, well thought-out […]

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N.C. State University students to hold town hall on graduate stipends, student fees

BY: - April 5, 2023

N.C. State University students will hold a town hall Thursday to discuss raising graduate student stipends and eliminating fees they say are making it difficult for them to make ends meet. Last year Newsline closely examined the impact of low stipends and student fees on graduate students across the UNC System. Many reported going to […]

State Board of Education vice chairman wants ‘constructive solutions’ for gun violence plague

BY: - April 5, 2023

The time has come for “constructive solutions” to protect students and teachers from gun violence, Alan Duncan, the vice chairman of the State Board of Education said Wednesday. Duncan’s comments were made during the state board’s work session Wednesday. They come in the wake of the recent school shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville […]

“Real dialogue” at university commission listening session

BY: - April 5, 2023

In its fifth public listening session Tuesday, the Governor’s Commission on the Governance of Public Universities in North Carolina had a surprise guest: Marty Kotis, 8 year veteran of the UNC Board of Governors and current member of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees. The sessions, which the commission has been holding since February, have […]