News Reports (Page 541)

  • Latino Parents Upbeat on Schools

    RALEIGH — Latino households with school-age children find more to like in the nation’s public schools than do white parents or black parents, a national survey finds. About half of all Latino families expressed confidence that U.S. schools have improved over the past five years, compared to 25 percent of…

  • Jobs Grant May Have Skirted Law

    RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley announced March 15 that officials had awarded a $7 million grant to Verizon Wireless and that the company would build a high-tech call center in Wilmington. Had he chosen to make the announcement at the company’s 17-acre building site in South Wilmington, he would have…

  • States’ Budget Picture Brighter

    RALEIGH — Most states expect a breather in 2004 from the budget problems of the last three years, but many anticipate shortages again for fiscal year 2005. According to a new report, states have a $2.5 billion shortfall for the current fiscal year, compared to a $25.7 billion gap this…

  • UNC Book Controversy Abates

    RALEIGH — Since 2002, controversy and UNC-Chapel Hill’s summer reading program for incoming freshmen have gone hand in hand. The university’s book choice for 2002, Approaching the Qur’an, prompted an outcry among some Christian activists. Last year’s selection of the book Nickled and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America…

  • Downtowns Pin Hopes on Program

    RALEIGH — Since 1980, more than 50 N.C. cities and towns have embraced the Main Street project, created in response to what many viewed as failed federal urban renewal programs of the 1960s and ‘70s. It was also supposed to resist the growing suburban lifestyle considered devastating downtowns across the…

  • Court Limits Options for Critics of Fees

    RALEIGH — In a ruling that makes it significantly harder for citizens to challenge the legality of fees they pay to local governments, the North Carolina Court of Appeals on March 2 ruled that there is no right to pay a fee under protest and then challenge its legality —…

  • Owens Keynotes Locke Anniversary

    RALEIGH —The John Locke Foundation celebrated its 14th anniversary March 10 with a dinner featuring Colorado Gov. Bill Owens as keynote speaker. Owens, recognized by National Review magazine as“ the best governor in America,” praised the work of the “new wave” of conservative think tanks such as the Locke Foundation…

  • Homeschooling Report Misses Mark

    RALEIGH — Five murder cases, cited by “CBS Evening News” Oct. 13 and Oct. 14 to prove that homeschooling parents use the educational alternative to hide child abuse, showed instead that other factors were responsible for the family tragedies. In most cases, child-welfare officials or local law enforcement were already…

  • Audit Questions Ports Spending

    RALEIGH —The State Ports Authority incorrectly paid the expenses for Chief Executive Officer Erik Stromberg to travel to the 2003 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., over the New Year’s holiday, State Auditor Ralph Campbell said in an audit released Wednesday. Auditors also questioned Stromberg’s use of a state car while…

  • Core Knowledge Gaining Ground

    RALEIGH — Core Knowledge has become a nationally recognized K-8 curriculum, built on an inventory of essential cultural, social and academic knowledge. Core Knowledge founder E.D. Hirsch, a former English professor at the University of Virginia, said the program “is based on principles held by the best scientists” and contains…