House committee approves grants for students in private schools
A state House committee approved a bill providing grants to poorer students to attend private schools
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A bill giving taxpayer money to North Carolina students to attend private or religious schools has been approved by a House panel.
The Education Committee approved a bill Tuesday giving $4,200 annual grants to poorer students. The program is limited in its first year to students who quality for the national school lunch program but would expand to families earning more in later years.
Supporters say the measure gives parents choices to meet the needs of their children and saves public schools money. Opponents say the program will inevitably hurt public schools and will not serve truly disadvantaged students.
The bill drew opponents from both parties and narrowly passed the committee. It now heads to another committee. Bill sponsors say a financial analysis will support their arguments.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Thursday, December 19 2013 7:27 AM EST2013-12-19 12:27:20 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory says difficult decisions had to be made in North Carolina government in 2013 while tacking complex problems he believes will lead to a better and more prosperous state. McCroryMore >>
Gov. Pat McCrory marked the end of the first calendar year of his administration with a video message posted on YouTube. McCrory cited successes such as lower unemployment and tax reform as successes, and said that "..at times we had to endure short-term pain for long-term gain".More >>
Monday, December 16 2013 6:46 PM EST2013-12-16 23:46:28 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Protestors organized by the NAACP picketed Monday afternoon in front of two stores owned by N.C. Budget Director Art Pope. Their aim was to draw attention to the high-profile RepublicanMore >>
Protestors organized by the NAACP picketed Monday afternoon in front of two stores owned by N.C. Budget Director Art Pope. Their aim was to draw attention to the "extremist and regressive legislative policies he supports," according to a press release.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 2:16 PM EST2013-12-12 19:16:27 GMT
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A federal judge in Winston-Salem says there will be no trial on North Carolina's voting law changes until after the 2014 elections. U.S. District Judge Joi Peake said ThursdayMore >>
Groups hoping to overturn North Carolinas Voter ID law likely won't get the chance until after the 2014 elections. A judge ruled Thursday both sides need more time to prepare for the trial.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 7:54 AM EST2013-12-12 12:54:48 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina legislator has been arrested on felony tax charges. The N.C. Department of Revenue announced Wednesday that Rep. Deborah H. McManus, D-Chatham, faces three countsMore >>
A first-term lawmaker has resigned after her arrest on embezzlement charges. Deborah McManus resigned effective Wednesday from representing District 54 in the NC House, according to the General Assembly website.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 2:44 PM EST2013-12-10 19:44:55 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (WECT) – Two new polls of North Carolina voters show job approval numbers well below 50% for both President Barack Obama and Senator Kay Hagan. Both Public Policy Polling and High PointMore >>
Two new polls of North Carolina voters show approval ratings well below 50% for both President Barack Obama and Sen. Kay Hagan. One of the polls also shows potential challengers for Hagan's seat are facing uphill climbs in name recognition and voter preference.More >>
322 Shipyard Boulevard
Wilmington, NC 28412
Main Phone Number: (910) 791-8070
Newsroom: (910) 791-6681