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McCrory signs off on easier grading scale for schools

Posted May 16, 2015

Gov. Pat McCrory signs a bill on April 2, 2015, that allows the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency to issue refinance debt and pass the cost savings to electric customers in 32 cities and towns in eastern North Carolina.

— Gov. Pat McCrory's office announced that he had signed four bills into law Friday, including one that would apply a more lenient standard for grading public school performance.

Schools, which are graded on an A-through-F scale based largely on standardized test scores, would need only attain 85 points for an A and 70 points for a B under the new law. It will remain in effect through the 2015-2016 school year.

Other new laws direct the Department of Transportation to study misuse of handicapped tags, allow for the sale of deer skins and modify the building codes for open air cabins.

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  • Sam Nada May 18, 2015
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    Good clarification, but the impression remains that it's a cosmetic trick the GOP will use to pretend schools have improved.

  • Danny Basden May 18, 2015
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    You folks need to read a little closer. This is the grading scale for the school - not the student. If you are interested in knowing what actually happened maybe look here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/education/article21093249.html

  • Terry Watts May 18, 2015
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    How else is the GOP going to point to the public education system and say: "look at the improvements we've made"???

  • Mark Farmer May 17, 2015
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    This will move north Carolina from #16 to #1 sorry Massachusetts you just could not cut it.

  • Mark Farmer May 17, 2015
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    I give this law a "E"

    Gov. Pat McCrory an "F"

  • Sammy Macloud May 17, 2015
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    great, just great. Our schools can't meet standards so we LOWER them! Makes perfect sense to me----NOT. Same as passing kids so as not to hurt their self esteem.....

  • Sam Nada May 17, 2015
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    What's the supposed rationale for this? More honor roll bumper stickers. Is there a bumper sticker lobby? More unqualified college admissions? Voting parents tricked into believing the GOP improved education because grades went up? I have long since given up trying to make rational sense of GOP ideas.

  • Charlie Watkins May 17, 2015
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    This is a good move. Now everyone will make an "A" and everyone will share the honor of being the valedictorian. (Is that how you spell valedictorian?) I ain't real sure because I was graded on what I actually did.

  • Paul Maxwell May 16, 2015
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    Already got one in the Governor's chair...

  • Robert Fotch Jr May 16, 2015
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    I'm surprised, coming from a republican Gov. You would think they would be harder, like where I'm from, PA. Just goes to show you, you can't trust either side, and I lean toward the right, incase you were wondering.

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