Archive: 2013 General Assembly

  • Court: State Can Prepare For 2nd Year of Vouchers

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Supreme Court says the state can commence administrative preparations for the Opportunity Scholarship Program while it considers an appeal from a lower court’s order that ruled the program unconstitutional. However, the court stopped short of allowing the State Education Assistance Authority from actually distributing funds for…

  • Election Turnout Appears To Refute Suppression Claims

    RALEIGH — More than 2.9 million North Carolinians went to the polls during the 10 days of early voting and election day on Nov. 4, more than any other midterm election in the state’s history. That’s 44 percent of North Carolinians registered to vote. It’s also 38 percent of North…

  • GOP Incumbent Meredith Faces Comeback Candidate Richardson

    RALEIGH — The race in state Senate District 19 matches two-term incumbent Republican Sen. Wesley Meredith against Fayetteville attorney Billy Richardson, who is trying to make a political comeback after being out of the state House since 1996. Meredith swept out incumbent Democrat Margaret Dickson in the GOP wave of…

  • N.C. Supreme Court Takes Over Voucher Appeal

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of the state’s fledgling Opportunity Scholarship Program, bypassing the Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court on Friday issued an order stating it would take the case on its own initiative. Friday’s action pleased people on both sides of the issue.

  • CJ Editorial: The State Raised School Spending

    Overall K-12 spending will increase by more than $1 billion under Republican leadership in the General Assembly, a 3-percent increase in inflation-adjusted, per-pupil terms, following a two-year drop of 9 percent under Democratic rule.

  • Appeals Court Releases Voucher Money For Low-Income Students

    RALEIGH — The N.C. Court of Appeals will allow nearly 1,900 students to get vouchers for the current school year while a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the fledgling Opportunity Scholarships is on appeal. The appeals court’s order releases scholarship funding for 1,878 applicants, who will be allowed to receive…

  • Voucher Parents Send Kids to Schools Anyway

    RALEIGH – Parents of nearly 1,900 students who had been awarded Opportunity Scholarships that were ruled unconstitutional last month by Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood are sending their children to private schools anyway. They’re hoping that an appeals court will put Hobgood’s order on ice while the legal wrangling over…