North Carolina lawmakers budgeted $200,000 to fund classroom projects at public schools in Sen. Jeff Tarte's district. But they pulled the plug after DonorsChoose, the nonprofit tagged to distribute the money, said no thanks.
North Carolina legislators are allowing towns to withhold approval for projects unless school systems reduce or waive the amount they'd be reimbursed for making municipal road improvements. Critics say it allows schools to be held "hostage."
North Carolina legislators are requiring schools to place high-scoring students in advanced classes. The change comes after a News & Observer and Charlotte Observer series showed many bright, low-income students were excluded from rigorous classes.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools leaders say a policy restricting elected officials' access to schools during class time will protect students and staff from distraction. But they realize it's a minefield in a tense political climate.
The North Carolina General Assembly backed proposal to have State Superintendent Mark Johnson recommend ways to reduce the number of tests given to students. Some teachers and parents say too many tests are given.
Charlotte City Council voted 9-2 along party lines Monday night for a budget that raises police pay but also has the city's first property tax increase since 2013. There is also more money for affordable housing and pedestrian safety.
A top White House adviser is distancing the Trump administration from responsibility for separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. But it's the administration that's put in place and could end the policy.