On Tuesday the NC Department of Public Instruction announced that 28 school districts in “economically distressed” counties in North Carolina will receive significant grants to replace and repair school buildings. The $400 million in funding comes from the state lottery, and it will be distributed in grants awarded under the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund. Schools across the state estimated last year that $12.8 billion across 5 years is needed to improve aging school infrastructure; these funds will help to meet the needs of schools where local tax revenues are insufficient to do so.
On Tuesday a State Court of Appeals ruled that District Attorney Jim O’Neill did not follow the requirements of the Rules of Civil Procedure when he sought a protective order to prevent the release of documents to the media about the death of Jim Neville while he was detained in the Forsyth County Jail. Neville, a Black man, died in 2019, three days after being placed in a “prone restraint” by jail deputies. News & Observer reporters filed public records requests in 2020 with the state Department of Health and Human Services for documents including the State Bureau of Investigation’s file on Neville’s death; however, once O’Neill learned the records would be released, he asked a Forsyth County Superior Judge to seal them and did not notify the N&O.