News Reports (Page 7)

  • Amended voter ID bill, with funding, moves to House floor

    A bill to satisfy North Carolina’s new constitutional amendment requiring photo identification for voters is too broad, allowing multiple forms of voter identification that could gum up the system and encourage voter fraud, some Republican legislators say. Senate Bill 824, Implementation of…

  • State elections board chief Penry quits amid calls to resign

    Democrat Andy Penry, chairman of the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement, resigned Saturday. In his resignation letter, first reported by The Washington Post, Penry said he didn’t want controversies surrounding his partisan statements to prevent a fair investigation of alleged voting irregularities in the state’s 9th…

  • In high school, the easy ‘A’ is even easier 

    Call it high-grade high school. When it comes to letter-grade earning power, high-schoolers are rich indeed. Grade inflation is real and it’s inequitable, padding the GPAs of wealthier students faster than others. Such are the findings of a Fordham Institute study that tracked grades in North Carolina public schools for over…

  • Q&A: School choice critics attack private schools over curriculum issues 

    Opponents of school choice in North Carolina are attacking the curricula in private schools. They argue that Opportunity Scholarship vouchers steer students toward schools that prepare them inadequately for college-level coursework or certain careers. One person who has heard this argument before in other parts of the country is Matthew…

  • State elections board may or may not disappear Monday

    Lawmakers and Gov. Roy Cooper’s staff are negotiating the structure of a new state agency to replace the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement. For now, though, it’s unclear how elections enforcement will be handled after Monday, Dec. 3. That’s when the current board presumably…

  • Hospitals making major push to block State Health Plan savings

    Hospital lobbyists persuaded lawmakers to draft legislation blocking N.C. Treasurer Dale Folwell’s cost-cutting reforms to the State Health Plan, Carolina Journal has learned. Rep. Josh Dobson, R-McDowell, co-chairman of the House Health Committee, is working on a bill to preserve the current…

  • Wake County GOP calls for removal of elections board chief

    The chairman of the Wake County Republican Party has filed a complaint with the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement alleging Chairman Andy Penry, a Democrat, has broken the law. The complaint demands Penry’s removal from office. The complaint comes not only as…