On politically charged issue that risks angering the far-left NCAE, Cooper is punting instead of leading
School reopening bill on his desk has been in the public for weeks, yet he refuses to sign it or veto it
Raleigh, N.C. — Bipartisan supermajorities in the North Carolina General Assembly sent Gov. Roy Cooper a bill to reopen schools last week. The two-page legislation has been in the public for weeks.
Parents, some of whom have never before been politically active, have signaled their overwhelming support for the measure. Some have even purchased giant billboards imploring leaders to act.
Pediatrics Chief at One of World’s Top Hospitals Urges Gov. Cooper to Consider Cost to Kids of School Closures
“[Senate Bill 37] will now go to Gov. Roy Cooper. I want him to have a full picture of how children are impacted.”
“My role as pediatrician-in-chief at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York and New York-Presbyterian has given me a clear vantage point of the crisis that has been exacerbated by keeping schools mostly closed for in-person learning.”
Raleigh, N.C. — The pediatrician-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, which is one of the world’s top hospitals, published an op-ed…
Scathing report shows ineffective Medicaid management, oversight
Sen. Krawiec: “Medicaid is not the golden program some partisans make it out to be”
Raleigh, N.C. — State Auditor Beth Wood, a Democrat, today released a scathing audit of North Carolina’s Medicaid program.
The audit reviewed a small sample of the state’s 90,000 health providers who receive Medicaid payments for services to Medicaid enrollees.
It found that the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), which runs and oversees the state’s Medicaid program, “did not identify and remove enrolled providers from the Medicaid program who had their professional license suspended or…
Gov has 10 days to sign, veto, or do nothing with school reopening bill
Sen. Ballard: “Parents and children have waited long enough for certainty. Let’s not drag this out any longer.”
Raleigh, N.C. — Yesterday, the N.C. General Assembly sent Gov. Roy Cooper Senate Bill 37, which requires public schools to offer students in-person instruction. Gov. Cooper has until Feb. 28 to act on the bill. He can sign it, veto it, or let it become law after 10 days without his signature.
Sen. Deanna Ballard (R-Watauga), who co-chairs the Senate Education Committee, said, “Parents and children have waited…
Gov’s executive order allows just 100 fans in large outdoor high school sports facilities
Restriction leaves parents unable to watch kids compete in large outdoor venues with ample social distancing
Raleigh, N.C. — Sens. Todd Johnson (R-Union), Vickie Sawyer (R-Iredell), and Danny Britt (R-Robeson) today introduced Senate Bill 116 to change the 100-person capacity limit at outdoor high school sporting venues.
Under Gov. Roy Cooper’s current executive orders, no more than 100 fans may watch high school athletes compete at large outdoor venues like football fields. …
Bill Balances Public Health Guidelines and Critical Need to Get Students Back to School
Families Could Still Opt for Remote Learning
Raleigh, N.C. — Today, the Senate took decisive action to return students to the classroom for in-person learning. Senate Bill 37, “In-Person Learning Choice for Families,” passed the Senate 29-15.
The bill gives local school districts the choice between providing in-person learning under Plan A (minimal social distancing) or Plan B (moderate social distancing), or a mixture of both, for all K-12 students. Students with exceptional needs would be provided in-person learning under Plan A if parents choose that…
“I was left feeling confused and frustrated by the conflicting messages that we are receiving”
Raleigh, N.C. — The headline in EdNC, an education news website, says it all: “Governor’s announcement on in-person learning leaves some education leaders bewildered.”
NCAE Docs: “Tap into re-entry anxiety … Use the [safe schools] petition to build contact lists … Pivot from re-entry petition work into electoral mobilization”
Raleigh, N.C. — Leaked internal documents from the far-left N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE) show the group’s 2020 campaign strategy was to “tap into re-entry anxiety” to “pivot into electoral mobilization.”
Sen. Deanna Ballard (R-Watauga), who co-chairs the Senate Education Committee, said, “For the far-left NCAE, the school reopening fight has always been about political power, not what’s best for children. …
Absurd position is consequence of Democratic Party’s years-long marriage to far-left NCAE
Democrats feeling squeeze to support either far-left NCAE or children; can’t choose both
Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina Democrats are in a bind.
They know the science overwhelmingly shows students can safely return to school by following protocols already outlined by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
But the far-left N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE), to whom N.C. Democrats have long been wedded, opposes school reopenings.
So what do N.C. Democrats do when forced to make a choice — when vague platitudes like “schools should…
WRAL editorial: “There’s no money in the bill to pay for the most basic necessities”
Reality: There’s $1.6 billion in a companion bill (which already passed) for the very “basic necessities” that WRAL lists
Sen. Ballard: “The disinformation campaign to withhold education from children is stunning and despicable”
Raleigh, N.C. — WRAL, which last week ran a cartoon showing a black elected leader in a KKK uniform, today published an editorial with yet more disinformation that misleads readers.
WRAL argues that the legislature is attempting to reopen schools without providing money for “transportation resources,” “testing,” and “appropriate space” for student…
The official Medium account for N.C. Senate Leader Phil Berger’s press office.