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North Carolina Manual – a 29 year gap

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NCManualIn the coming months look for all issues of the North Carolina Manual to be available in the digital collection of state government publications. Currently there are only 3 issues available: 2005/06, 2009/10 and 2011/12. Although the oldest manual most libraries have is from the early 1900’s the first manual was published in 1874.

In February 1874 a bill was passed and ratified (see session laws 1873-74) requiring that the “Secretary of State shall cause to be printed …., a ‘Manual of North Carolina’ containing …. all the Governors and other executive officers of the State, Judges of the Supreme and Superior Courts, members and officers of the two Houses of the General Assembly….” The manual was to be “printed at once and again next winter, and biennially thereafter.” The first manual, “Legislative Manual and Political Register” was printed later that same year, 1874.

The next manual was not until 1903 because the resolution for printing the manual was repealed by the next legislature, less than a year later, in December 1874 (see session laws 1874-75).  There was not another manual until the 1903 manual.  The 1903 manual and those continuing for a decade, were called “Pocket Manual for the use of the Members of the General Assembly of North Carolina.” As pocket manuals they were smaller publications, in size and content, than the 1874 issue and also the later manuals.

State Doc Pick of the Week: Positive Impacts of Race to the Top on North Carolina’s Public Schools

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In 2010 North Carolina was one of 12 states to receive a competitive federal grant for Race to the Top.  Funding from Race to the Top is designed to enable NC schools to remodel their education structures and to increased student achievement, close achievement gaps and increase the number of career- and college- ready graduates.  This publication is a compilation of statements and testimonies from superintendents, coordinators and school leaders about the of accomplishments and experiences they have had with the Race to the Top initiative.

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State Doc of the Week: Childhood Immunizations and the Role of a County Department of Social Services

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ImmunizationsRecently over 80 cases of the measles have been reported in California, Mexico and seven other states.  California is one of about 20 states where parents can use a personal belief waiver to avoid the requirement to have their children vaccinated.  Most states, including North Carolina, only allow religious and medical exemptions for immunizations.  In North Carolina you must have written documentation to use either of the exemptions.

This publication is one of the 21 law bulletins published by UNC’s School of Government. These law bulletins cover various topics related to North Carolina law. This timely bulletin is part of the Juvenile Law series and explains North Carolina’s immunization laws and parents’ constitutional rights. It also discusses the role of county departments of social services, including best practices of immunizations, after it becomes involved with a family.

This report can be downloaded, printed, saved and viewed by clicking here.

State Doc Pick of the Week: North Carolina AHEC : creating a better state of health for 40 years

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AHECIn 2012 North Carolina’s AHEC (area health education centers) marked the 40th anniversary of its founding. In the late 1960s and early 1970s there was a national effort to establish statewide community training for health professionals and to try to reverse a trend toward shortages and uneven distribution of primary care physicians in rural areas.   These efforts led to the establishment of North Carolina’s AHEC in 1972. This anniversary publication highlights the events leading up to the creation of AHEC and some of the accomplishment over the past 40 years. Included is a timeline of the NC AHEC and an interview with the founding director, Glenn Wilson (who passed away in 2014). AHEC began with just 3 regional AHEC regions but has now expanded to 9 regions in North Carolina.

This report can be downloaded, printed, saved and viewed by clicking here.

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