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N.C. sees large decline in number of people enrolling on federal health-care exchange

North Carolina saw a 10.5 percent decline in the number of people signing up for insurance on the federal health marketplace under Obamacare for 2017. Only two other states had larger drop-offs. According to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 613,487 North Carolina residents signed up for insurance on the exchange last year....

Dan Way
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Confusion Reigns on School Lunch Guidelines

RALEIGH — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been slow to respond to requests for clarification on whether a local school district can conduct a comprehensive audit of its free and reduced-lunch program if officials suspect widespread cheating among applicants.

David N. Bass
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Food Fight Erupts in Char-Meck Schools

RALEIGH — Board of Education members in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are in a political tug of war over whether to conduct a comprehensive audit of the district’s free and reduced-lunch program after a verification review found two-thirds of students ineligible to participate.

David N. Bass
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Court: Charlotte Underfunded Charters

RALEIGH — The N.C. Court of Appeals ruled last week that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools systematically underfunded five charter schools in the county. The schools stand to gain nearly $500,000 because of the ruling, which could impact other charter schools and systems across the state.

Michael Lowrey
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Mecklenburg Faces Nov. Bond Vote

CHARLOTTE — Voters in Mecklenburg County will decide in November whether to spend $554 million for school bonds and other assorted projects. Despite hard questions posed by Republican county commissioners — and two members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education — the bond issue will be on the ballot in the fall election.

Sam A. Hieb

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Opinion

Lindalyn’s Journal

Former President Reagan once said, "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" Our federal budget reveals as much, routinely providing a laundry list of more than a few programs on the fast track to "immortality."

Lindalyn Kakadelis
Opinion

Lindalyn’s Journal

Across the country, American high schools continue to generate headlines. Just two weeks ago, I highlighted comments made by,Bill Gates, as he lamented the "obsolete" and "outdated" state of our high schools. Concern over failing schools has spread far beyond the borders of the business community. President Bush has pledged a renewed focus on high schools in No Child Left Behind and multi-million dollar projects are currently underway in our own state to "reinvent" North Carolina high schools.

Lindalyn Kakadelis