Renee Schoof

Revamping education act looms as another divisive test for Congress

The House of Representatives is expected to vote Friday on an overhaul of No Child Left Behind that would greatly reduce the federal government’s role in K-12 education. | 07/17/13 19:47:46 By - By Renee Schoof

Student loan solution still stymies Senate

Under pressure to find a quick way to lower rates on federally subsidized student loans, Senate Democrats failed to extend a low rate for another year. | 07/10/13 20:18:28 By - By Renee Schoof

Pentagon civilian workers in Germany get raises while those in U.S. get cuts

American civilian employees of the Defense Department have put up with pay freezes and are going on furloughs starting next week, but German civilian workers at U.S. military bases in Germany are getting a pay increase. | 07/02/13 19:00:08 By - By Renee Schoof

Ex-troops bring their leadership, experience to the classroom

One trained soldiers to use Stinger missiles to shoot down enemy jets and helicopters. Another sailed silently beneath the seas in a submarine during the Cold War. A third piloted Black Hawk helicopters in Iraq. All three now are transferring their wartime skills to classrooms in the Carolinas, Georgia and elsewhere as teachers, part of an effort to bolster America’s teaching corps with worldly veterans whose leadership skills and life experiences could be valuable in the classroom. | 07/01/13 15:28:10 By - By Renee Schoof

Recess! Student loan deadline will pass as Senate takes holiday break

The interest rate on subsidized federal student loans will rise from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent next week because the Senate has no plans to vote on the issue before a Monday deadline, the start of the July Fourth congressional recess. | 06/27/13 18:31:34 By - By Renee Schoof

Sen. Hagan says immigration bill will help N.C. economy and she’ll vote for it

Sen. Kay Hagan on Wednesday announced that she’ll vote for an immigration overhaul that provides a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, saying it will help North Carolina’s economy and strengthen the nation’s border security. | 06/26/13 17:21:54 By - By Renee Schoof

Educators, artists, lawmakers urge more emphasis on the arts

America needs to invest more in the humanities and social sciences in order to preserve its cultural identity and economic competitiveness, according to a new report on the role those subjects play in shaping the national character | 06/19/13 17:09:46 By - By Renee Schoof

With student loan rates about to double, lawmakers squabble

Student loan rates will double to 6.8 percent on July 1 if Congress doesn’t settle on a new plan soon, but disagreements flared Thursday, not only between the two parties, but between a veteran Democrat and President Barack Obama. | 06/13/13 19:31:46 By - By Renee Schoof and William Douglas

Does 2014 hold another barnburner in North Carolina’s 7th District race for Congress?

The 2014 congressional elections are still 18 months away, but the politics are heating up in eastern North Carolina, where Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre edged into office last year by only about 650 votes. | 06/10/13 17:24:44 By - By Renee Schoof

Separating fact from fiction about Common Core education standards

A backlash against the Common Core educational standards for grade school has hit the radio talk shows and Internet blogs in recent weeks. Some prominent conservatives, including talk show host Glenn Beck and writer-activist Phyllis Schlafly, have been attacking the effort as a dangerous threat from the Obama administration. Other conservatives, such as former governors Jeb Bush of Florida and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, support it. What are the facts behind the idea? | 06/10/13 00:00:00 By - By Renee Schoof

Sen. Kay Hagan lobbies trade rep nominee about North Carolina’s concerns

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., met with U.S. trade representative nominee Michael Froman on Tuesday to press the state’s concerns about textiles, tobacco and advanced medicines in Pacific Rim trade talks. | 06/04/13 17:57:37 By - By Renee Schoof

Public colleges are often no bargain for the poor

Many public colleges and universities expect their poorest students to pay a third, half or even more of their families’ annual incomes each year for college, a new study of college costs has found. | 05/29/13 14:20:24 By - By Renee Schoof

New IRS chief Danny Werfel goes from White House budget office to center stage

It’s a tall order straight from the president: Find anyone at the Internal Revenue Service who improperly targeted conservatives. Hold them responsible. Fix the system so it never happens again. | 05/27/13 00:00:00 By - By Renee Schoof

As farm bill debate looms, Tarheel lawmakers gird for fight over tobacco

The U.S. Senate this week has started to fine-tune the huge, new five-year farm bill, working through votes on a series of amendments that will include a proposal to eliminate federal subsidies for tobacco insurance. | 05/21/13 18:56:22 By - By Renee Schoof

House Republicans, White House look to change student loan rates

Republicans in the House of Representatives and President Barack Obama agree in general on what to do with student loan interest rates: Let them vary with the market. | 05/14/13 18:36:19 By - By Renee Schoof

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