News Reports (Page 653)

  • Reviewing the Reviewers

    The privately-funded task force charged with studying Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools from the outside seems a little heavy on insiders with the same tired approaches.

  • Magnet Schools Attract Busing Woes

    GREENSBORO — Winter in the Piedmont region of North Carolina presents challenges for school transportation officials, especially in Guilford County. The county is on the dividing line of many weather systems, so it’s hard to predict whether it will snow, sleet, or rain. Trying to decide whether the roads are…

  • Funds Called ‘Reward’ for Hard Work

    RALEIGH — A former state House Appropriations Co-Chair says that discretionary funds controlled by General Assembly leaders constituted a justified reward for their districts, because of the extra hours they put in to pass the budget. State Rep. Debbie Clary, a Cherryville Republican who supported the 2003 power-sharing coalition of…

  • Law At Issue In Slush Fund Grants

    RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley’s administration and legislative leaders may have violated a state law in the distribution of discretionary funds to projects of nonprofits and local governments that had been considered but turned down by the General Assembly. General Statute 143-16.3 says that the state government may spend "no…

  • 1997 Series on Slush Funds

    To read the 1997 Carolina Journal series on slush funds in PDF form, click the following stories: Follow the Money, February/March 1997 Exploring For Money, April/May 1997 Follow the Money II, April/May 1997 Busting the Pigs, June/July 1997 Slinging Slop, June/July 1997…

  • Basnight Said Slush Funds Wrong

    RALEIGH — State Senate leader Marc Basnight last week characterized his personal spending of taxpayer dollars on pet projects as an "error," but when similar activity was revealed in 1997, he acknowledged that the practice was wrong. Basnight was then part of a similar agreement with former Speaker Harold Brubaker…

  • Home School Meets Family Need

    RALEIGH — In 2000, as Aaron Johnson began his fourth frustrating year in the public school system, a school employee gave his mom a piece of advice she believes rescued her son from a disastrous future: consider home-schooling Aaron. Kathy Johnson had heard of home schooling but knew little of…

  • Slush Fund Slights Safety Projects

    RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Lyndo Tippett has diverted millions of dollars that could have been used for documented highway safety needs to projects selected by legislative leaders. According to state law, the DOT secretary is to approve all projects financed from a $15 million annual “contingency fund,”…

  • Civil War at CMS

    CMS officials testify in Raleigh that a lack of money and good teachers, but mostly good teachers, is to blame for poor performance at several schools. Teachers seem to disagree.

  • Legislators Introduce Higher-Ed Bills

    RALEIGH — More than a month into the 2005 regular legislative session several proposals affecting the University of North Carolina and the community college systems have been introduced by members of both the House and the Senate. Some of the bills would give tuition waivers to orphans, create new science…