Governor Pat McCrory, the state House and Senate have significant differences to work out before North Carolina adopts a budget. WFAE's Michael Tomsic looks at three examples of those differences: teacher pay, film incentives and Medicaid.

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Mecklenburg County commissioners are weighing whether to give CMS employees a raise out of the county’s pocket be that by paying the district an extra $26.7 million or asking voters to approve a quarter cent sales tax. A few hundred teachers showed up to a public hearing last night to make their case. 

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Mecklenburg County commissioners are planning for a November referendum on a proposal that would raise the county’s sales tax by a quarter of a penny to pay for salary supplements for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees.

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Several superintendents of North Carolina’s largest school districts worry teacher raises may come at the expense of the classroom.  The State Senate has approved a budget that would raise teacher pay on average 11 percent.  But it would pay for that in part by cutting the number of teacher assistants in half.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Beverly Emory said at a press conference today losing those assistants could stall the state’s efforts to make sure kids are reading at grade-level. 

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North Carolina is one step closer to doing away with the Common Core.  A House Committee approved the measure yesterday.

The bill’s sponsors worry getting rid of Common Core standards right away would force North Carolina to give back millions in federal grant money. So Representative Bryan Holloway of Stokes County said they chose this route. 

“This bill does replace Common Core, but it does not rip the rug out from under us today,” he said.    

North Carolina teachers would receive an average $5,800 raise next year under the Senate’s plan to boost teacher pay. But there’s a trade-off. Teachers must give up tenure to get the raise and to help fund the raises the number of teaching assistants would be cut in half.

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High school seniors will don caps and gowns at commencement ceremonies in the next few weeks. For many students, this month has been consumed by finals, Advanced Placement exams, and deciding which college to attend in the fall.  But there are also students who are dealing with the added challenges of pregnancy and motherhood.  WFAE’s Nick de la Canal reports on one program that’s helping teen moms in CMS earn their diplomas.

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Thousands of students across North Carolina have begun taking standardized end-of-year exams. Those kids who finish early are used to taking a nap or staring blankly into space. But there’s actually another option.  They can pick up a book. 

The WFAE Talks crew of Greg Collard, Lisa Miller and Ben Bradford discuss the growing frustration of parking at Charlotte's airport. In education, Ben and Lisa envy the option that some students now have after they complete their End-of-Grade tests. Plus, the arrest and news coverage of students accused of cyberbullying on school time. And in sports, the evolution of NASCAR pit crews.

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Teachers get the top-billing in most stories about education budget cuts. But there are a lot of other people who make a school run such as guidance counselors, school psychologists and social workers. CMS wants the county to foot the bill to add about forty of these positions next year.