by John Trump – Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The N.C. House and Senate have come to terms on legislation to reopen schools for in-person instruction.  The measure, Senate Bill 37, says schools shall provide the option of in-person instruction to students in grades kindergarten through 12 for the remainder of the scheduled 2020-21 school year.…

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by Johnny Kampis, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper’s call for more money for schools while also indicating he would veto a bill that could send students back to school has many in the state scratching their heads. Last week, Cooper held a news conference in which he called for boosted spending on educators…

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By Johnny Kampis – Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein wants lawmakers to use millions won from a settlement with Dish Network to expand internet access for students, but legislative leaders are so far noncommittal on the proposal. In December, a federal appeals court agreed with a trial court’s judgment that held…

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By John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Leaders in the General Assembly and governor say they have reached a deal to ensure $30 million for the GREAT rural broadband program. GREAT is an acronym for Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology, which provides matching grants to internet service providers and electric membership cooperatives to…

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