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N.C. Education Lottery Marks 10th Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 March 2016 05:44

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - As the state marks 10 years in the lottery business, gaming officials say they expect 2016 sales to hit the $2 billion, with more than a half billion going to education.

“It’s been challenging, it’s been fun, and it’s been rewarding,” said Alice Garland in a news release. “What’s rewarding is we believe in the cause we work for. You feel like you are doing something every day that is helping the schools and education in North Carolina.”

The lottery released the following statistics in honor of the anniversary.

1. At $2 billion in annual revenues, the lottery has grown into one of the state's most successful sales organizations.

2. Total ticket sales crossed the $15 billion mark on Feb. 25, 2016.

3. Earnings for the state exceeded $4.2 billion as of Dec. 31, 2015.

4. Lottery retailers have earned more than $1 billion in commissions.

5. More than 6,850 retail locations across North Carolina sell lottery tickets, up from 5,000 the day the lottery started.

6. Six North Carolinians have won Powerball or Mega Millions jackpots, ranging from $12 million to $188 million.

7. The lottery has awarded a prize of $1 million or more 330 times.

8. About 95 cents of every dollar spent on a lottery ticket cycles back into the state’s economy as either a prize, earnings for education, or a sales commission to a retailer.

9. The most popular games are instant games with a total of 477 different scratch-off tickets so far.

10. The only source of funds for state’s problem gambling program - $1 million a year – comes from the lottery.

Summary of UNC Board of Governors Degree Program Actions PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 March 2016 05:07

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - At its March meeting, the UNC Board of Governors approved requests by East Carolina University and UNC Greesnboro to make changes to degree programs.

According to the summary of the meeting, the actions are as follows:

East Carolina University

PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology
PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
PhD in Microbiology and Immunology
PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology
PhD in Physiology

PhD in Biomedical Sciences

Master of Music (MM) in Theory-Composition
Master of Music (MM) in Performance

Master of Music (MM) in Music

UNC Greensboro (one consolidation request)

BA in French
BA in French, Secondary Education
BA in German
BA in Spanish, Secondary Education

BA in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

State Controller: Dues Deduction OK For State Employee Members of NCAE PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 March 2016 06:04

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Three dozen members of the state's quasi-teacher union who are also state employees can continue to have their dues removed from their paychecks, according to state Controller Linda Combs.

The so-called dues checkoff provision for the North Carolina Association of Educators has been the source of debate for some months. Those opposed say the NCAE does not meet the membership requirement for automatic deduction. The group refuses to release its membership numbers.

Still up in the air is whether NCAE members who are local employees can have their dues removed by payroll deduction.

"Give Five – Read Five" Campaign Gives Nearly 1 Million Books To Kids For Summer Reading PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 March 2016 05:56

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - North Carolina kids will be reading this summer. The "Give Five-Read Five" campaign has put 946,000 new and gently-used books in kids hands.

In addition, a partnership between the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and myON gives students access digital books that can be downloaded for free.
“'Give Five – Read Five' has grown in ways I could have never imagined since we first launched the effort in 2013,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson in a news release. “More impressive than the total number of books collected is the overwhelming enthusiasm and joy I have seen among principals, teachers, students and supporters as young learners get to select their very own books to take home at the end of the school year."


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