In Western North Carolina, Buncombe County led the pack with $729.02 million in tourist spending in 2010, up 11.3 percent from the prior year. Buncombe County’s expenditures ranked fifth-highest in the state.
The state Division of Non-Public Education recently released a downloadable guide for home school operators to help them become more familiar with the division’s new online reporting process and answer questions often asked by families considering home-schooling for their children.
Gov. Bev Perdue said North Carolina will ask the federal government to waive No Child Left Behind requirements for its public schools — 56 percent of which in Western North Carolina and 72.3 percent of which statewide didn’t make Adequate Yearly Progress in 2010-2011 under the statute’s grading system.
The North Carolina Employment Security Commission reported that while private sector gained 6,900 jobs, state government jobs decreased by 300 and local government jobs decreased by 11,800. The agency said data indicated a majority of the local government jobs were in education, including teachers.
During a speech Thursday in which she talked about how a strong public educational system is critical for ensuring a thriving economy, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue said the state unemployment rate rose in July.