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Arwen Helms

City & State

'A slap in the face': Gov. Cooper declares a state of emergency for public education

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for public education in a special address on May 22.  In his speech, he said legislation introduced — including the budget passed by the Senate — by the Republican supermajority in the NCGA would cripple public education.  The budget passed by the Senate on May 18 allocated $23.2 billion over the next two years towards K-12 education. Gov. Cooper’s proposed budget allocated $27.7 billion.

City & State

Cooper releases $1 billion behavioral health plan, requires legislature approval

Gov. Roy Cooper’s new behavioral health plan, released on March 8, aims to invest $1 billion to address North Carolina’s mental health and substance use crisis, according to a press release. The plan focuses on increasing the availability of behavioral health services, implementing systems to support people in crisis and using technology to enable better health access and outcomes.

City & State

Teachers reflect as vacancies, attrition in NC education system continue

According to recent data from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, teachers are staying in the classroom at rates comparable to previous years.   Though teacher vacancies at the beginning and 40-day mark of the school year are higher, the difference might not represent an actual change in vacancy rates, but a change in reporting methods to more accurately reflect the state of the teaching profession.

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