EDUCATION


8/20/2019 10:32pm

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The General Assembly, Cooper haven't budged on N.C.'s budget

With the last fiscal year having come to a close in June, changes were expected to be made to the state budget, especially where Medicaid, teacher pay and corporate tax cuts were concerned.  But, Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the Republican budget proposal just three days before. A consensus needs to be made, but discussion is slowed with differing ideas about what to do with an $800 million revenue surplus. Republican senators have expressed their displeasure over Cooper’s “Medicare expansion ultimatum,” and are blaming Cooper for the breakdown in negotiations.  Because this is on the state level, a government shutdown isn't imminent, but that doesn't mean the pressure is off. Without a budget, there cannot be any proper funding for crucial state departments that feed into and serve North Carolina communities and provide vital wage raises, public school funding and more. 


4/23/2019 6:23pm

The Orange County Board of Education discusses Board Policy 4125 regarding school assignments and transfers at a meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. The policy was presented for a first reading approval with a second reading waiver on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2019. 

Orange County Schools superintendent to leave in June

Wirt has been the Orange County Schools superintendent since June 2015 and previously worked at the Wake County Public School System and the Mooresville Graded School District. The North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development named him the North Carolina Outstanding Young Education in 2016. 


4/2/2019 10:25pm

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How has the national vaccine discussion impacted N.C.?

"It’s important to note that the vast, vast, majority of parents do vaccinate their children because vaccines are safe and effective."  As the internet and social media grow, so does the spread of misleading information about vaccines. With a recent outbreak of chickenpox in one North Carolina school, health and school officials look to promote the positive aspects of vaccination. The hope is to reassure their safety and usefulness.