EDUCATION

'Digital equity' grants launch with budget funding

Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration outlined details of a new “digital equity” grant program on Tuesday. The initiative seeks applications from state agencies that want to use a share of $24 million in federal American Rescue Plan dollars.

UNC looks to new uses for its RTP property

The UNC Board of Governors voted last week to add 111 acres of prime real estate in Research Triangle Park to its “millennial campus” designation that paves the way for public-private partnership development.

School panic alarms coming soon

The N.C. Division of Emergency Management is making progress on a school panic alarm program after a series of delays.

Esports taking off at UNC Greensboro

UNC Greensboro is rapidly becoming a hub for esports since opening its new esports arena back in April, attracting around 260 students a day to the high-tech facility.

McCrory blasts Stith ouster at community colleges

After a bruising Senate primary defeat, former Gov. Pat McCrory has been spending the summer swimming in the cool waters of Lake James. He recently took a break from the lake to talk about economic development, higher education and the state of politics with my Business North Carolina colleague David …

DPI proposes new middle-school career coaches

Should eighth-graders start thinking about their career options? The N.C. Department of Public Instruction plans to ask the legislature to fund career development coaches in middle schools. The idea isn’t to force 13-year-olds to decide whether they’d rather be an attorney or an electrician, but education officials think kids would …

UNC's new online degree initiative could launch next year

About 68% of North Carolina residents earning a college degree online are doing so at an out-of-state institution. That could soon change as the UNC System launches a new initiative next year that will compete with online higher education powerhouses like Arizona State and Southern New Hampshire University.

Leandro hearing highlights Supreme Court partisan divide

Wednesday’s N.C. Supreme Court oral arguments in the Leandro education funding case could be a bit hard to follow if you hadn’t seen previous installments of the long-running legal drama. Attorneys and justices frequently referenced earlier hearings and rulings from years ago as “Leandro 1” and “Leandro 2” as if …

Committee hears school discipline success stories

Turning its attention to school discipline issues, an N.C. House education committee heard four success stories from across the state on Monday.

Legislative Democrats talk teacher shortage, abortion

As the legislature held more no-vote sessions on Thursday before adjourning until late September, legislative Democrats held a news conference to call for immediate access to address a shortage of teachers as the new school year begins.

House's Women in STEM committee under way

The N.C. House’s new Select Committee on Advancing Women in STEM kicked off Wednesday with a meeting at SAS Institute’s sprawling campus in Cary.

Defunct law school students could get debt relief

Attorney General Josh Stein filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Justice to allow student debt relief for former students of the defunct Charlotte School of Law. The for-profit law school shut down in 2017 following accreditation and other problems.

Lawmakers want one party removed from Leandro

In an unusual response to N.C. Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls’ refusal to recuse herself in the Leandro case, attorneys for legislative leaders filed a request Tuesday asking the judges to remove her former client from the case.

UNC System subleasing Raleigh office from downsizing insurance firm

It says a lot about the state of the office real-estate market that the UNC System Office is getting its new home through a sublease of one of downtown Raleigh’s newest buildings.

Legislators consider school principals' role

Just how well can one boss manage 50 or more direct reports? That’s the average number of direct reports a school principal has in North Carolina, according to a presentation to lawmakers Monday from BEST NC, an education advocacy group led by business leaders.