• Former State Rep. Jones Wants To Rejoin the Legislature

    RALEIGH — Democrat Earl Jones wants to win back the North Carolina House District 60 seat he lost four years ago, but will have to defeat Cecil Brockman, a campaign strategist who helped to oust him from the General Assembly, and David Small, a youthful small business owner. Barring a…

  • Opponents of Longer School Day Dislike District Response

    CHARLOTTE — Even though Superintendent Heath Morrison promised to work with concerned parents soon after he took his current position in 2012, he has not recommended any changes to the schedule. Moreover, the district’s chief of staff reportedly has blocked teachers and parents who oppose the new schedule from expressing their…

  • Opponents: Longer CMS Day Creates Hardships

    RALEIGH — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is continuing a two-year-old program expanding the elementary school day by 45 minutes to seven hours, even though many parents, teachers, and students have raised objections to the “late bell” program. The program was expanded systemwide in 2011 with no public input even though an internal…

  • Parents Chafe At National Student-Tracking Database

    RALEIGH — The Shared Learning Infrastructure, built over the past 18 months, stores millions of K-12 student records identified by name, address, race/ethnicity, economic status, guardian, primary language, grade, test scores, attendance, school and non-school activities, and much more. Even Social Security numbers sometimes are collected and stored.

  • Fed Consumer Bureau Eyeing Retirement Savings

    RALEIGH — Representatives of the financial industry and policy analysts are concerned about reports that the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering taking a formal role in helping Americans better understand and manage their retirement savings. Such a move would mark the agency’s first entry into consumer retirement investments.

  • Elected Council of State, While Unwieldy, Is Unlikely To Change

    RALEIGH — Changing the method of selection for governor, lieutenant governor, and any of North Carolina’s other Council of State officials would require a constitutional amendment. Twenty-six states elect a joint ticket for governor and lieutenant governor, and most appoint leaders of education and agriculture policy.

  • House District 35 Contenders Have Wake School Board Ties

    RALEIGH — In Wake County, the open-seat contest in N.C. House District 35 features two candidates with ties to the Wake County school board, which recently has been roiled with controversy over partisan politics, especially over student assignment policies. Current Wake County school board member Chris Malone, a Republican, faces…

  • Bibbs and Martin Battle for Open Seat in State House District 8

    RALEIGH — Improving education and restraining electricity rates are among the top issues facing the candidates for state House District 8, covering parts of Pitt and Wilson counties. Two Wilson residents are vying for the seat — attorney Mark Bibbs, a Democrat, and Republican Susan Martin, an MBA who retired…

  • Barringer and Portman Vie For Open Seat in State Senate District 17

    RALEIGH — Jobs and education are the top issues in the campaign to succeed retiring five-term Republican Sen. Richard Stevens for state Senate District 17, which covers southwestern Wake County. The race pits Republican attorney Tamara Barringer against Democratic Wake County Commissioner Erv Portman in this Republican-leaning district.