On Sunday, the 396 graduates of Morehouse College, an HBCU in Atlanta, got exciting news: Their commencement speaker, Robert F. Smith, told the crowd he would pay off their student loans. What are your thoughts on student loans and student loan forgiveness? Share your thoughts with us here.
For some North Carolinians, especially those in rural communities, access to high-speed internet can be difficult or nearly impossible. The N.C. Department of IT has a broadband infrastructure office dedicated to tackling issues around high-speed internet, and bills aimed to address the issue are once again in front of the legislature.
In-state tuition for one year of community college, on average, is about $2,400 in North Carolina, while out-of-state tuition is $8,500 — a remarkable and sometimes game-changing benefit to residents. At UNC-Chapel Hill, a semester of in-state tuition costs $9,018, while the same semester costs $36,000 for out-of-state students.
Sen. Andy Wells, R-Catawba, surrounded by fellow Republican Senate and House members and Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson, announced a Senate bill that would bypass districts to provide classroom supply funds directly to teachers for their classrooms.
The school performance grade formula has been a subject of steady debate in the General Assembly, with some lawmakers advocating for academic growth playing a bigger part in the grades because they say it is a more effective indicator of how well teachers are doing their jobs. Proponents of keeping academic performance front and center say it measures whether students are where the state wants them to be education-wise, so it’s important to keep the emphasis on it.
Currently, the redistricting of NC congressional & state legislative boundaries is controlled by the state legislature. In 2018, a federal district court ruled that NC's congressional map had been subject to unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering.