Billy Ball

Billy Ball is the education reporter at N.C. Policy Watch.

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Monday numbers: A tale of three Halifax Counties

This morning, the state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the pivotal case of Silver, et al. v. Halifax County...

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Missing elephant in the room? State lawmakers to examine education finance without considering overall funding sufficiency

When state lawmakers meet next week to begin the weighty task of reforming North Carolina’s knotty method of financing public...

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Budget bill fires State Board of Ed director, DPI staffers with ties to Atkinson

A N.C. General Assembly budget mandate to fire certain North Carolina public education officials would target Republican rivals’ allies and...

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State Board of Ed chair to charter advisory panel: “Not so fast”

Just days after a key North Carolina charter panel recommended sweeping changes to how State Board of Education (SBE) members...

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Former state legislator adds fuel to the fire over how charter schools are funded

When North Carolina lawmakers heard proposals in June to dramatically revamp how charters are funded, public school advocates pleaded for...

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Budget cuts take a bite out of DPI’s ability to support local school districts

As enrollment rises, legislature slashes agency budget “People in North Carolina, if they knew how little was spent on administration,...

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Making the grade

Which education bills passed, which got held back in the short session Asked to sum up the 2016 short session...

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Stalled: NC school districts avoid immediate changes to policies for transgender students

Seeking to avoid political spotlight, many address transgender students on a “case by case” basis When leaders in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools...

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Could proposed teacher background check bill silence protesting educators?

Supporters say bill is about student safety; others worry activists arrested during protests could lose licensure. For the better part...

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Federal complaint says new N.C. policy harms poor children with special needs

To JoAnna Barnes, it’s the biggest education story you’ve never heard of in North Carolina. Barnes, a Triangle attorney and...

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As legislative leaders tout teacher raises, educators highlight major shortcomings in the House and Senate budgets

Partway through last week’s unveiling of the state Senate budget, Sen. Phil Berger was asked by reporters if there were any...

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Is it time to scrap the state’s salary schedule for teachers?

N.C. Rep. Craig Horn, an influential budget writer from Union County who chairs the House education appropriations committee, isn’t sure...