NCDP Clips for Monday, March 23rd, 2015

NCDP Clips for Monday, March 23rd, 2015

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LEGISLATURE 2015

NC government could be turned on its head with court ruling — A lawsuit pitting three North Carolina governors against General Assembly leaders has clearly become more than a legal exercise on the state Constitution’s finer points as it heads to the state Supreme Court.

Protest petitions on light agenda (WRAL-TV) — The House is expected to debate a bill that would remove protest petitions from controversial zoning moves. The Senate will take its final vote on tax code changes.

After statewide lobbying tour, historic tax credit debate heads to NC House (Raleigh News & Observer) — After months of lobbying from Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration, the debate over the historic preservation tax credit heads to the N.C. House this week.

Bill would develop pilot sports programs for disabled (Winston-Salem Journal) — Students with disabilities could gain more avenues to participate in sports if a bill co-sponsored by a Triad legislator is passed. Rep. Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth, is one of five bipartisan sponsors of House Bill 314, which would provide up to $300,000 in annual financing toward developing pilot community-based adapted sports programs for kindergarten through 12th grade.

Local officials say coroners are ‘an asset’ to community (Wilmington Star-News) — Proposed legislation by Rep. Bill Rabon puts coroner position on the chopping block

Towns seek compromise on home design controls (Raleigh News & Observer) — The N.C. League of Municipalities says it’s hoping to compromise on legislation that would strip cities and towns of the power to regulate home designs.

POLICIES & POLITICS

Test of Free Speech and Bias, Served on a Plate (New York Times) — The next great First Amendment battleground is just six inches high. It is a license plate bearing the Confederate flag. Nine states, including North Carolina, let drivers choose specialty license plates featuring the flag and honoring the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which says it seeks to celebrate Southern heritage. But Texas refused to allow the group’s plates, saying the flag was offensive.

Triangle loses 20,000 jobs in January (Triangle Business Journal) — The Triangle lost nearly 20,000 jobs from December to January and the unemployment rate shot up again after several months of decline.

Cruz Declares Bid for White House (Wall Street Journal) — Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a champion of the tea party movement who hopes to woo the GOP’s most conservative voters, announced on Twitter that he is a candidate for president.

FACT CHECK: GOP budgets rely on higher taxes to balance (AP) — The new House and Senate Republican budgets make a big boast: They both balance the federal budget within 10 years, without raising taxes. NOT! Their own numbers, however, say millions of American families and businesses would have to pay more in taxes to make the math work – about $900 billion more over the next decade.

Charlotte City Council to get glimpse of immigrant ID, other proposals (Charlotte Observer) — One of the 27 strategies is the creation of an official Charlotte ID that can be used as identification for social or legal needs, such as reporting a crime to police. It would be voluntary, not mandatory.

‘Sleepy’ renewed, will leave Wilmington for Atlanta (Wilmington Star-News) — It won’t be in Wilmington anymore, but Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” will live to fight another day.

SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES

Help Wanted: Businesses Call for Early Childhood Education Funding — Businesses wishing to locate and hire in North Carolina are at times having trouble finding a qualified workforce. That’s according to Bill Millett founder of the Charlotte-based Scope View Strategic Advantage, a firm that works with companies looking to fill positions

MAPPING EDUCATION:Cohort graduation rates by district 2013-2014 (EdNC) – Mapping latest high school graduation rates across the state. While statewide, 83.9 percent of students graduated in 4 years, graduation rates for school districts range from around 70 percent to 95 percent.
Ending NC Teaching Fellows proves a short-sighted move (Kinston Free Press column) — In 1986, the Public School Forum released a report titled “Who Will Teach Our Children?” The forum described what members saw as a perfect storm in education.