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  • 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…

  • UNC System Athletics Subsidized With Student Fees

    RALEIGH — Ten of the UNC system’s 16 universities were surveyed in the study covering 2010-14, and every one spent more than it collected in revenues — often much more. Of the 10 campuses, only UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University covered more than 85 percent of their athletic budgets with…

  • Faculty Protest Disrupts UNC Board Meeting

    CHAPEL HILL — Protesters calling for the termination of UNC President-Elect Margaret Spellings disrupted today’s meeting of the UNC Board of Governors, raising the prospect of disciplinary action for faculty members who — some board members suggested — may have violated North Carolina’s open meetings law.

  • UNC Board Concedes Lacking Knowledge of Transparency Laws

    CHAPEL HILL — Mistakes in recent proceedings — including the closed-session votes to interview former U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings for the open UNC system president position and to give 12 campus chancellors pay hikes — have pushed the board to schedule discussions about transparency and the state’s open meetings law…

  • Chancellors’ Raises on Legislative Agenda

    CHAPEL HILL — The UNC Board of Governors’ Oct. 30 closed-session vote to increase pay for 12 chancellors — which passed by a narrow 16-13 margin — will face the scrutiny of the General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Commission on Government Operations Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Legislative Office Building.

  • Lawmakers Will See Minutes of UNC Closed Meeting

    CHAPEL HILL — Amid questions about legislative interference in the actions of the UNC Board of Governors, the board voted Friday to make records of its controversial Oct. 30 meeting available for review by members of the General Assembly. The request by state Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker…