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Bill requiring physicals for all students advances

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 16:12
North Carolina law currently requires only kindergarteners to get physicals in order to enroll in public schools — but a bill moving through the General Assembly could soon require health assessments for all newly enrolled students in grades K-12, and failure to do so could mean some kids miss out on classroom instruction. Rep. John Torbett (R-Gaston) introduced the ...

Economic recovery is bypassing Tar Heel children and keeping child poverty high, new report finds

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 15:20
North Carolina is losing ground on key economic indicators such as child poverty and family economic security. A new report from NC Child  paints a bleak picture of how children are suffering from the fallout of an economy that is downright broken for many North Carolina families, as well as state lawmakers’ recent policy decisions. ...

N.C. Policy Watch (through N.C. Justice Center) and media groups suing McCrory over public record issues

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 14:39
The N.C. Justice Center, along with a number of media and non-profit coalition partners, filed a lawsuit against Gov. Pat McCrory today, accusing his office and administration of not fully complying with the state’s public records law. The lawsuit was filed in Wake County Superior Court. The N.C. Justice Center, an anti-poverty non-profit, filed the ...

Superintendents, teachers, TAs feel the pressure over delayed state budget (video)

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 13:02
Three weeks in to the new fiscal year and House and Senate leaders appear to be no closer to announcing a final budget compromise. NCAE Vice President Mark Jewell says the lack of a deal and the quickly approaching new school year has educators feeling especially nervous. “It’s a lot of pressure, in fact I’ve ...

Is this the most outrageous Koch-funded lie yet about renewable energy?

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 12:27
It’s an admittedly crowded field of competitors, but by any fair assessment, the Koch Brother-funded group, Americans for Prosperity North Carolina may just have posted its most dishonest and ridiculous claim yet about renewable energy. As you can see in the tweet below and by following the link it contains, the group claims that North ...

Advocates for raising the minimum wage are winning

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:08
This is the latest in a series of “Wage Week” posts that we are featuring on The Progressive Pulse to highlight efforts to raise the abysmally low and inadequate federal minimum wage. Follow the discussion on Twitter at #WageWeek By Vicki Meath, Executive Director of Just Economics As we approach the sixth anniversary of the ...

Confederate monument on State Capitol grounds vandalized, #BlackLivesMatter spray-painted on it

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 09:58
The words “Black Lives Matter” were spray-painted on a Confederate monument on the State Capitol grounds overnight, The Confederate Women’s Monument is downtown Raleigh is one of two Confederate monuments on the capitol grounds in downtown Raleigh, where Gov. Pat McCrory has his office. Workers had begun trying to remove the “Black Lives Matter” graffiti ...

Another editorial takes McCrory to task over Foley affair

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 08:11
The scathing assessments of Gov. Pat McCrory’s job performance continue to multiply — and, no, this is not a reference to Sen. Tom Apodaca’s observation that “the Governor doesn’t play much of a role in anything.” The new take-down comes from the editorial board of the Winston-Salem Journal, which blasts the Guv this morning over ...

Community Care of North Carolina downsizing, several top staff are reportedly out

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 17:06
Several top staff and board members of Community Care of North Carolina, the provider-led network that coordinates care for many Medicaid patients in the state, have left the organization. It’s unclear how many other members of the leadership team may have left the organization, with CCNC only issuing a vague statement about the recent departures ...

The fight against contingent labor is a civil rights struggle, too

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 14:52
The demonstration against the North Carolina legislature’s voter suppression law, organized by the NAACP and Moral Monday movement last Monday in Winston-Salem, was a stirring reminder that, fifty years after the Voting Rights Act, civil rights cannot be taken for granted in this country. But the organizers of the day’s event also called attention to ...

The erosion of the minimum wage hurts us all, a week to call for a raise to the minimum wage

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 09:31
This week will be commemorated as #wageweek by advocates, workers, and business leaders across the country. It was this week in 2009 that the federal minimum wage was last raised to $7.25 where it remains today. The failure of the federal minimum wage to be raised in the past six years is just the recent ...

Senate leaders dismiss McCrory as irrelevant…again

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 08:45
In case you wondered if the relationship between Senate leaders and Governor Pat McCrory has improved, the answer would be a resounding no judging by a recent interview of powerful Senate Rules Chair Tom Apodaca in the Asheville Citizen-Times. Apodaca was asked about the progress in state budget negotiations and blasted the House for “going ...

Top choice of NC’s Republican primary voters unapologetic after taking swipe at Sen. John McCain (w/video)

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 08:35
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to find new ways to outdo himself. His latest controversial remarks came over the weekend in Ames, Iowa when he told an audience he did not consider Arizona Senator John McCain to be a war hero. Here’s the quote that lead to the firestorm: “He’s not a war hero…he’s ...

$12 by 2020: New studies find average Americans deserve and desperately need a raise

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 08:06
Notwithstanding the latest oblivious comments of Crown Prince Jeb, the drumbeat demanding a significant increase in the national minimum wage continues to grow louder and louder — both at the grassroots level and in the world of data and research. Confirmation of the latter can be found in two news studies highlighted last week by ...

Voting rights trial continues in Winston-Salem

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 06:00
Attorneys and parties in the voting rights trial return to federal court in Winston-Salem this morning to continue presenting testimony and other evidence to U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder. During week one of what’s expected to be a multi-week trial, attorneys for the parties challenging the sweeping voting restrictions adopted in 2013 unfolded their case ...

This Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 16:00
1. Is North Carolina next in line for New Orleans-style takeovers of failing schools? Around the country, states and cities are trying a new way to boost success rates at low-performing schools. New efforts labeled ‘recovery school districts,’ ‘achievement school districts,’ ‘turnaround schools,’ and the like are making their way into places that include Tennessee, ...

Made in Durham: Building an Infrastructure of Opportunity and Innovation

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 15:01
Contributed by MDC What’s one thing that all places in North Carolina have in common? From our booming metros to our small towns, from Roanoke Rapids to Cullowhee, income mobility for low-income young people in this state, and in the South in general, is far worse than in other U.S. regions. It’s surprising to learn ...

State AG will not step into Greensboro redistricting fight

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 14:34
Attorney General Roy Cooper will not intervene and defend the General Assembly in the recently-filed lawsuit challenging the Greensboro  redistricting plan lawmakers adopted in early July, according to this post in the  News & Record. The city and six residents sued the Guilford County Board of Elections in federal court, contending that House Bill 263 — which passed ...

Yet another study casts doubt on for-profit colleges

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 13:16
The indictments of the often-predatory for-profit college industry continue to pile up. This is from a new article by Prof. Stephanie Cellini for the Brooking Institution in which she argues that public community colleges are regularly a much better bet for students: “Some back-of-the-envelope calculations suggest that for-profit associate’s degree students need at least an ...

Living downwind from a North Carolina hog farm

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:10
There’s an interesting (and lengthy) piece on Quartz, an online-based magazine, that dives into the lives of Duplin County residents who say they suffer from being surrounded by lagoons of noxious hog waste. The article takes a deep look at the large hog industry in North Carolina, and what it sees as the price residents ...

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