Archive: Quick Takes

  • UNC-Chapel Hill Accreditation Restored

    After one year of academic probation, UNC-Chapel Hill has been returned to good standing by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, university Chancellor Carol Folt announced on Thursday. North Carolina’s flagship university was penalized by SACS-COC for using fake “paper classes” to help 3,100 students —…

  • Beach Bingo Operations Face Fees, Regulations

    Beach bingo operators would be regulated and would have to get a license to operate under a bill that passed the state Senate on Wednesday. Beach bingo is distinguished from charity bingo games operated by nonprofit or tax-exempt organizations. Under the bill, beach bingo operators would have to pay a…

  • House Committee Backs Bill Boosting College Transparency

    A House committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would require the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority to inform college applicants about the possible outcomes of a degree at any of the state’s public or private colleges and universities. Senate Bill 536, “Students Know Before You Go &…

  • Charter School ‘Clean-Up’ Bill Passes Senate

    UPDATE: House Bill 242 was ratified Tuesday afternoon by the Senate. The state Senate on Monday gave its initial approval to what Sen. Jerry Tillman called a “clean-up bill” for charter schools. “It’s a bill to streamline regulations regarding charter schools, the fast replication of them,” said Tillman, R-Randolph. Currently,…

  • House Votes To Cancel I-77 Toll Contract; Senate Fate Uncertain

    The state House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would put the brakes on the Interstate 77 high-occupancy or toll lanes project in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties. Rep. Charles Jeter, R-Mecklenburg, who sponsored House Bill 954, said the project cancels the project “under the premise of cause.” “It…

  • Audit Zings Halifax Community College Scholarship Fund Spending

    The Halifax Community College Foundation in Weldon misspent nearly $140,000 intended for student scholarships, according to a new report from state Auditor Beth Wood’s office. Instead of scholarships, the foundation spent $129,017.48 of the funds for general expenses, the report says. The foundation also awarded $9,174.67 in scholarships that exceeded…

  • Senate Expands “Zero” Tax Bracket By Unanimous Vote

    The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill providing middle-class tax relief by increasing the standard deduction — or 0 percent tax bracket — by $2,000. The sponsor of the measure, Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, called the measure “a huge cut for the middle class.” If approved, it would increase…

  • Hillary’s Election Would Be Obama’s Third Term

    President Obama is at it again, issuing guidance to schools in the United States to ensure that transgender students be allowed to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. His spokesman, Josh Earnest, has declared House Bill 2 a “civil rights” issue so the Obama administration had no choice…

  • Charlotte Council Yanks Potential Repeal of Bathroom Ordinance

    On Monday afternoon the Charlotte City Council pulled discussion of a possible repeal of its nondiscrimination ordinance, which included a controversial provision allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify. The council’s agenda had included a presentation on the economic impact of the controversy.