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Spellings Happy Partisan Rancor Of North Carolina Politics Isn't Affecting Higher Education Funds

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Margaret Spellings (podium) speaks at the North Carolina Aroboretum Friday

Raleigh has been the scene of a lot of partisan political discord this decade.  But the president of the University of North Carolina system says she’s thankful all that fighting has not impacted higher education funding.  Margaret Spellings says even in North Carolina’s polarized political atmosphere, selling members of the General Assembly on maintaining higher education funding isn’t real tough.

“To a person, they know that this institution, the University of North Carolina system, is going to be the driver or a major driver of the economy (in North Carolina) and has been,” Spelling said at the North Carolina Arboretum just outside of Asheville Friday.  She added that support has allowed the system to keep tuition flat, or even lower it at places like Western Carolina University.  It’s one of three schools apart of the NC Promise program, which offers $500-tuition per semester starting this fall.  

Matt Bush joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as news director in August 2016. Excited at the opportunity the build up the news service for both stations as well as help launch BPR News, Matt made the jump to Western North Carolina from Washington D.C. For the 8 years prior to coming to Asheville, he worked at the NPR member station in the nation's capital as a reporter and anchor. Matt primarily covered the state of Maryland, including 6 years of covering the statehouse in Annapolis. Prior to that, he worked at WMAL in Washington and Metro Networks in Pittsburgh, the city he was born and raised in.