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COOPER ANNOUNCES A PLAN TO BOOST TEACHER SALARIES (Greensboro News & Record) -- Gov. Roy Cooper and state Republican leaders circled each other warily Monday after the governor unveiled the outlines of his plan to boost average teacher pay to $55,000 in two years. The Democratic governor described his proposal as a multi-year investment in North Carolina teachers that would raise their salaries to the highest in the Southeast in three years and to at least the national average in five. “These aren’t just investments in our teachers, they are investments in our children’s future,” Cooper said.
http://www.greensboro.com/news/government/cooper-announces-a-plan-to-boost-teacher-salaries/article_...

LAWMAKERS PREPARE TO TACKLE BUDGET SURPLUS OF MORE THAN HALF A BILLION (Carolina Public Press) -- Legislators begin budget hearings this week and take up final votes on an early round of bills after a slow start to the 2017 session. Joint House and Senate appropriations subcommittees will get their first look at spending priorities and options Tuesday morning. Forecasters said major budget pressures this year include public school and university enrollment growth, additions to Medicaid, recommendations to shore up the state retirement and pension funds, teacher pay increases and disaster recovery.
http://carolinapublicpress.org/26645/lawmakers-prepare-to-tackle-budget-surplus-of-more-than-half-a-...

THREATS AGAINST MUSLIMS PROMPT PRECAUTIONS AT CLEMMONS ISLAMIC CENTER (Winston-Salem Journal) -- For all the talk of a Muslim takeover, it was a group of children at the Annoor Islamic Center here who had to go about their Sunday classes under special precautions because of recent threats made during a political meeting in Kernersville. Fearing that they could be targeted, Mohamed would not let them play outside, even during the unusually warm day. “Anybody can tell we are Muslims,” said Mohamed, wearing a hijab. “It was a hard day for us. It made us very scared.” Mohamed’s daughter, Dina Shehata, said that she understands the fear. She knew Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, the three Muslim students allegedly killed by Craig Hicks at a Chapel Hill condominium complex on Feb. 10, 2015. Hicks turned himself in. A trial has not begun yet. The question of whether they were targeted for their religion or because of a parking dispute is still under federal investigation.
http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/threats-against-muslims-prompt-special-precautions-at-annoor-is...

EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGE AT FAYETTEVILLE PRIVATE SCHOOL EXPOSES RISKS OF VOUCHER ABUSE (Capitol Broadcasting editorial) -- An administrator at Fayetteville Trinity School – N.C.'s top in collecting state private school vouchers -- faces embezzlement charges. Over the last three years the school has collected $859,000 in taxpayer dollars that require scant oversight or accountability. In the three years since the state-funded vouchers have been offered, schools have quickly caught on to the “opportunity of vouchers. The number of schools participating has grown from 224 when launched to 349 this current school year. And what kind of oversight does North Carolina have to make sure schools receiving vouchers are spending taxpayer money properly? Next to none. For politicians who have made a mantra out of “running government like a business,” the opportunity school vouchers is a scheme that might delight Bernie Madoff.
http://www.wral.com/editorial-embezzlement-charge-at-fayetteville-private-school-exposes-risks-of-vo...

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