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Cooper OK's bill offering K-12 students summer school option

Apr. 09, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed three education bills on Friday to help address learning loss incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic and expand access to in-state tuition for military dependents whose parents were reassigned to another location. ...

N.C. bill would ban treatment for trans people under 21

Apr. 05, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Three North Carolina Republican lawmakers introduced a bill Monday that would prevent doctors from performing gender reassignment surgery for transgender people younger than 21. The legislation follows a nationwide trend of GOP-controlled state...

Summer school, reading improvement bills pass NC legislature

Apr. 01, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly finalized on Thursday a pair of public education measures designed to get more intensive help to children learning to read and to those who have fallen behind during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before going home for a...

Retooling of NC student literacy efforts on fast track

Mar. 31, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An overhaul of North Carolina's efforts to improve reading proficiency for early-grade students in the public schools is advancing quickly through the legislature, clearing the Senate on Wednesday by a unanimous vote. A House education committee...

NC Senate leader again seeks retooling of reading program

Mar. 29, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's most powerful state senator pitched improvements anew Monday to his 2013 signature public school legislation, a measure that was designed to boost reading-proficiency rates among early-grade students but hasn't met expectations. ...

NC Senate Republicans to pitch more state tax reductions

Mar. 22, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Senate Republicans will pitch more individual income tax reductions this spring, a key lawmaker said Monday while asserting that the state's fiscal health emerging from the pandemic and past tax cuts make such proposals possible. ...

NC public education 'remedial plan' presented to judge

Mar. 19, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A multibillion-dollar plan presented by North Carolina officials and designed to comply with legal rulings that declare the state has failed to meet constitutional obligations in public education is now in the hands of a judge. The State Board of...

Financial incentive for more Medicaid draws mixed reaction

Mar. 18, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A financial carrot for North Carolina to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands low-income adults is raising already elevated hopes among Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and allies that the General Assembly will finally adopt it this year. But those...

Medicaid incentive so far not enough to sway holdout states

Mar. 18, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrats' nearly $2 trillion coronavirus relief package includes a big financial incentive for the states that have opted against expanding Medicaid to provide health coverage for more low-income Americans. It's proving to be a tough sell. The...

Cooper, legislative leaders announce deal on K-12 schools

Mar. 10, 2021 13:35 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican legislative leaders announced compromise legislation Wednesday that will mean more K-12 students in North Carolina will return to daily in-person instruction, some almost immediately. The agreement,...