Archives: Kari Travis

  • Raleigh Outdoor Dining Debate Parses Table Definitions

    A debate about the difference between picnic tables and “communal seating” dominated two hours of discussion at Wednesday’s meeting of the Outdoor Seating Design Review Committee, a part of the Raleigh City Appearance Commission. The committee, which has been assigned by the Raleigh City Council to look at design rules…

  • Virginia Battle Over Hospital Regulations Mirrors N.C.’s

    Virginia may advance reforms in its Certificate of Public Need licensing laws for medical services as early as this week, if a bill removing anti-competition rules for hospitals passes the state’s House, making it eligible for consideration by the Senate. House Bill 193, which deals with regulations similar…

  • Spellings Challenges UNC To Do More Than Educate Elites

    Making higher education more affordable while enhancing accountability to North Carolina taxpayers highlighted remarks UNC President-Elect Margaret Spellings gave to the university’s Board of Governors at a Feb. 12 retreat. During her presentation, the former U.S. secretary of education for the George W. Bush administration pledged to expand diversity across…

  • Tennessee May Join North Carolina In Expanding School Choice

    Tennessee lawmakers will vote Feb. 11 on the Tennessee Choice and Opportunity Scholarship Act, a law that would allow parents of low-income students to use up to $6,628 of public money to attend private school. The voucher system is similar to North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, enacted in 2013 by…

  • Chaos Erupts As Students Take Over UNC BOG Meeting

    CHAPEL HILL — Protests turned violent during a Tuesday morning meeting of the UNC Board of Governors as students and faculty gathered once again to call for the removal of UNC president-elect Margaret Spellings, former secretary of education in the George W. Bush administration. Four students were arrested after physically…

  • Parents, Students Tout Benefits of Opportunity Scholarships

    RALEIGH — Tens of thousands of North Carolina students have benefited from at least one version of school choice, which allows parents from every economic background to depart traditional public schools and select options they believe will serve their children better — using vouchers, enrolling in charter schools, or educating…

  • Record Number of Events Planned for National School Choice Week

    RALEIGH — A nonpartisan event promoting educational freedom and opportunity, over its five-year history National School Choice Week has seen all 50 states advance alternatives for parents seeking the best education for their children, said the group's president Andrew Campanella. NSCW held 150 events in 2011, its founding year; that number…

  • Raleigh May Ease Sidewalk Dining Rules

    RALEIGH — Tasked by the city council in December to discuss patio borders, capacity limits, outdoor furniture, and outdoor signage for sidewalk dining areas, on Jan. 13 the Raleigh Appearance Commission discussed changes that would end the requirement for restaurants to separate their patios from public sidewalks with stanchions.

  • Alamance May Try Letting Traditional Schools Act Like Charters

    RALEIGH — The State Board of Education will consider again in February a proposal enabling failing traditional public schools to apply for an exemption easing some state regulations so they can operate more like charter schools. The request to the state board came from Alamance-Burlington School Superintendent Bill Harrison, former…