NCDP Clips 7/26

General Assembly News

NC’s low-performing schools will get less help under state budget cut
N&O // T. Keung Hui // July 25, 2017

Summary: "State lawmakers required a $3.2 million cut this year from the Department of Public Instruction, the state agency that works with North Carolina’s public schools. The State Board of Education approved the first set of cuts Tuesday, including layoffs and elimination of vacant positions in the divisions that help low-performing schools and provide training to teachers."

  • "Bill Cobey, chairman of the State Board, said their hands were tied where they could cut because of all the areas that state lawmakers said they couldn’t cut from the DPI budget. "
  • "State lawmakers had included the cuts in the budget, contending that there’s fat in the Department of Public Instruction, something Cobey said is not the case. He pointed to how DPI’s budget has been repeatedly cut by lawmakers over the last 20 years."

Cutting the NC education department budget
N&O // T. Keung Hui // July 25, 2017

Summary: "Bill Cobey, chairman of the State Board of Education, discusses making $3.2 million in cuts at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, including layoffs, that were required by the General Assembly. "

NC State Board of Education approves $2.5 million budget cut
ABC 12 // Andrea Blanford // July 26, 2017

Summary: "Budget cuts mandated by the General Assembly led the State Board of Education to approve $2.5 million in reductions to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) on Tuesday. "

  • "Mark Jewell, President of NC Association of Educators, said the cuts are unsustainable and will gravely affect the state’s poorest children. "North Carolina and our constitution guarantees that every child should have equal access to a free public education and our General Assembly is not holding up to that agreement," he said."
  • "Cobey said while the board re-prioritizes and concentrates resources in the neediest school districts, he’s preparing to lobby lawmakers when they return for their short session."

State Board of Education: Budget cuts ‘will adversely impact our students’
WRAL // Kelly Hinchcliffe // July 25, 2017

Summary: "The State Board of Education approved $2.5 million in cuts to the state Department of Public Instruction on Tuesday as a result of mandated budget reductions by the General Assembly. Most of the cuts are expected to impact low-performing schools and teacher training in the state. An additional $737,000 in cuts are expected in the coming weeks."

Public schools still standing tall for NC
N&O // Editorial // July 25, 2017

Summary: "Public school advocates are agitated, and rightly so, over attempts by conservatives in the General Assembly and elsewhere to paint public education in North Carolina as a failing relic of the past. That is a lie, pure and simple. "

  • "In other words, the public school system that Republicans so gleefully attack changed North Carolina for the better and gave millions of North Carolina children some opportunities they wouldn’t have had otherwise. Republicans who want to destroy that system seem bent on that mission just for political sport, without any thought as to the consequences of weakening public education. Their sight is short; their attitude is disgraceful. And stupid."

Gov. Cooper News

Driving instruction to begin including how to interact with law officers
Bladen Journal // Chrysta Carroll // July 25, 2017

Summary: "Last week, the North Carolina General Assembly and Gov. Roy Cooper passed into law House Bill 21, which takes aim at the relationships between drivers and officers of the law. Entitled “Driver Instruction/Law Enforcement Stops,” the law mandates the Department of Public Instruction incorporate into its driver education curriculum instruction on how to deal with law enforcement officers."

Ancient trees have lined an NC river for centuries. Should it become a state park?
Charlotte Observer // Bruce Henderson // July 25, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill Tuesday that could lead to creation of a new state park along southeastern North Carolina’s Black River, home of the oldest known trees on the East Coast. The legislation adds three natural areas to the state park system – Bob’s Creek in McDowell County, Warwick Mill Bay in Robeson County and Salmon Creek in Bertie County. The areas total about 5,000 acres."

Cameras law targets drivers who pass school buses
Daily Reflector // Sharieka Botex // July 26, 2017

Summary: "..Cooper came to Pitt County on Tuesday to sign legislation that will allow the county to use photographic evidence to penalize drivers who pass stopped school buses."

Cooper creates education commission
Daily Reflector // Ginger Livingston // July 26, 2017

Summary: "Gov. Roy Cooper created a new commission to identify the resources needed to improve North Carolina public schools and to end a 23-year-old legal case. Cooper on Tuesday signed an executive order creating the Governor’s Commission on Access to a Sound Basic Education. The commission will look for ways to resolve two lawsuits, Leandro v. State of North Carolina and Hoke County Board of Education v. North Carolina."

Attorneys: Pressure for better schools should leave court
Emery P. Dalesio // AP // July 26, 2017

Summary: "After two decades fighting about public school funding for North Carolina’s poorest students, attorneys on both sides of a long-running lawsuit say it’s time for them to step away from the courtroom and leave ongoing disputes to a neutral outsider. "

  • "Gov. Roy Cooper’s office on Tuesday released an executive order Cooper signed last week creating a commission of experts to suggest what the state needs to do next."

NC 2018 campaigns take flight
North State Journal // Jeff Moore // July 26, 2017

Summary: "With the launch of the ‘Break the Majority’ fundraising and election drive North Carolina Democrats, led by Gov. Roy Cooper, have officially kicked off a their campaign strategy for 2018 elections and beyond. Republicans, on the other hand, have been busy calling attention to reduced tax rolls and economic success as they look to hold on to super-majorities. "

Governor signs new N.C. drone bills into law
Courier-Tribune // July 25, 2017

Summary: "As drones, also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), become more common, North Carolina’s laws are changing to stay up-to-date with this fast-growing industry. Governor Roy Cooper has signed two bills sent to his desk by the General Assembly, one revising existing laws and one new law to ensure that drone operation remains safe."

Our Opinion: ‘Not off our coast’
News & Record // Editorial // July 26, 2017

Summary: "Last week, Gov. Roy Cooper stood with them, declaring the state’s opposition to opening offshore waters to the oil and gas industry. “Not off our coast,” the governor said. He directed the Department of Environmental Quality to submit comments to the federal government outlining the state’s objections."

  • "The U.S. is already in a strong energy position. North Carolina’s coast should not be exposed to risk over resources that simply aren’t needed now or in the foreseeable future. Just ask the people who live at the beach."

Our View: A big boost for safer water
Fayetteville Observer // Editorial //July 25, 2017

Summary: "This is a good place to start rebuilding North Carolina’s efforts to protect its precious natural resources — and the lives and health of its residents. It’s also a good place to show that we know the difference between being business-friendly and being irresponsibly hands-off. The latter condition became too common in state government in recent years. We hope Gov. Roy Cooper brought it to a tire-screeching halt this week as he announced tough enforcement actions to stop the flow of a possible carcinogen into the Cape Fear River."

  • "We hope lawmakers, whose leaders are often at odds with Cooper, will see this as a nonpartisan issue, and a no-brainer. Keeping our water clean and safe is as basic a government function as there is. Keeping cancer-causing compounds out of our water supply has to be a core mission for our regulators and our public-health initiatives. Anything less is dangerously irresponsible."

Cooper brings needed firepower to GenX response
Star News // Editorial // July 26, 2017

Summary: "It was long overdue, but we were pleased to see Gov. Roy Cooper make a forceful and much-needed appearance in Wilmington on Monday to brief leaders on the state’s GenX response and to assure residents that his administration is working diligently on all fronts. "

  • "With Gov. Cooper now clearly engaged with this issue, we hope answers to the many critical questions we all have are more forthcoming."

Flush HB2 repeal suit
Daily Reflector // Editorial // July 26, 2017

Summary: "While HB2 overreached and sought to insert big government into personal restroom choices, House Bill 142 fixed the problem. The ACLU’s lawsuit is flimsy, frivolous and deserves to be flushed. " Key Targets News – House

Brenden Jones

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Larry Yarborough

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Mike Clampitt

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John Bradford

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Bill Brawley

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Nelson Dollar

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Chris Malone

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Susan Martin

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Gregory Murphy

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John Szoka

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Stephen Ross

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Andy Dulin

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John Blust

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Jonathan Jordan

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Michele Presnell

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Beverly Boswell

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John Sauls

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Donny Lambeth

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Linda Hunt Williams

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Scott Stone

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Larry Pittman

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John Faircloth

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Dennis Riddell

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Ted Davis

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John Hardister

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Dana Bumgardner

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Bob Steinburg

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Linda Johnson

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David Lewis

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George Cleveland

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Debra Conrad

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Mark Brody

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Michael Speciale

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Donna White

Johnston County community baffled to receive unsolicited government money
WNCN // Robert Richardson // July 25, 2017

Summary: "A $30,000 downtown revitalization grant is going to a Johnston County community that doesn’t just lack a downtown but isn’t even an official town. That caused a little confusion among community leaders in Cleveland."

  • "it came as a surprise when Ellington and Kim Lawter, the executive director of the Greater Area Chamber of Commerce, learned in early July about the state budget including $30,000 in funding for downtown revitalization."
  • "Chamber board members began making calls to the area’s state representatives, Larry Strickland and Donna White, to ask what the money is for and how it is supposed to be used. Lawter said the answer turned out to be economic development.“It was put in a budget line item of downtown revitalization because there was nowhere else to put that money,” she said."

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Key Target News – Senate

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Chad Barefoot

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Wesley Meredith

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Trudy Wade

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Michael Lee

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Jeff Tarte

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Danny Britt

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Bill Cook

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NCDP News / Mentions

NC 2018 campaigns take flight
North State Journal // Jeff Moore // July 26, 2017

Summary: "With the launch of the ‘Break the Majority’ fundraising and election drive North Carolina Democrats, led by Gov. Roy Cooper, have officially kicked off their campaign strategy for 2018 elections and beyond. Republicans, on the other hand, have been busy calling attention to reduced tax rolls and economic success as they look to hold on to super-majorities. "

  • "The fundraising and recruiting effort has already raised millions in campaign funds for Democrats promising to combat Republican policies that they say took the state backwards."

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