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Back to School: Meaningful educational interventions for low-performing schools

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 10:37
This is the fifth installment of a Back to School blog series (see Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4) that highlight various issues to be aware of as the 2016-17 school year kicks off. As North Carolina’s school children and their families settle back into the rhythms of the school year, thousands ...

Louisiana — yes, Louisiana! — shows NC the way to expand health coverage, save lives

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 09:30
It continues to be one of the grimmer aspects of life in North Carolina under the current reactionary state political leadership that Deep South states that once trailed us by a mile now show us the way in several important categories. Take the always deeply challenged state of Louisiana. By any number of measures — ...

Editorial: Supreme Court Justice Newby is out of line with public support of HB2

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 07:05
In case you missed it the other day, North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby (he of the controversial banjo ad from a few years back) appeared at a conservative Christian political rally recently that was quite arguably an inappropriate venue for sitting judge to appear, much less speak. This morning’s lead editorial in the ...

On HB2, conservatives skittish about the “R” word

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 15:09
Last week the Greensboro News & Record quoted two prominent Triad Republicans – Greensboro City Councilman Tony Wilkins and N.C. State Rep. Jon Hardister – as calling for a special session to repeal or revise HB2. Wilkins was not for repealing the bill – something the story’s print headline got wrong.  He called for a ...

History professor: Gender identity issues, prejudice go way back in U.S. history

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 14:31
Recently, UNC Pembroke Professor of History, LGBTQ equality advocate and occasional NC Policy Watch contributor, Dr. Charles Beem, sent us a fascinating essay about an early American who wrestled with profound issues of gender identity and the fear and prejudice that came with living in a colonial community under such circumstances. Among other things, Beem’s ...

New report: Charter schools already receive more than their fair share of local funding

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 10:48
A new “must read” today from the NC Justice Center’s Education and Law Project: New report finds that contrary to legislative debate, local spending in charters in fact exceeds traditional public schools RALEIGH (September 20, 2016) – Despite political debate and support by charter school advocates surrounding “fair funding” of North Carolina charter schools, local ...

Gasoline price gouging is back; get ready for the conservative think tanks to defend it

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 09:24
The new, broken-pipeline-induced gasoline shortage that’s affecting North Carolina and other southeastern states this week is, of course, not unprecedented. As most will recall, such shortages have arisen before as the result of wars and international relations, natural disasters, weather and the ebbs and flows of the economy. Such events are, in other words, to ...

Watch what happens when Charlotte’s Mayor announces the city will not repeal its anti-discrimination ordinance (video)

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 06:26
At Monday evening’s council meeting it was all applause for Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts when she announced the city would not consider repealing the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance. Legislative leaders and Governor Pat McCrory have said that before they would consider a special session to address the economic fallout from House Bill 2, Charlotte would need ...

Gov. McCrory’s better judgement calls…and has to leave a message

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 16:03
The News & Record, the Greensboro paper that twice endorsed Gov. Pat McCrory, today published a satirical piece in which McCrory’s better judgement leaves him a phone message. From the piece: “I realize you’ve been out and about on the campaign trail, but I’m starting to take this personally. Are we OK? You haven’t been ...

New research points to critical role of unemployment insurance in lessening hardship from job loss

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 15:11
JP Morgan Chase has a study out that shows the powerful role of unemployment insurance based on a review of a unique dataset:  their customers’ financial behavior.  The findings are particularly telling for North Carolina where policymakers have moved in the opposite direction of modernizing the system, dismantling many of the best practices the state ...

Honoring Rodney Ellis, a champion for children

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 14:10
Over the weekend, former NCAE President, teacher, and civil rights leader Rodney Ellis was laid to rest in his hometown of Winston-Salem. The hundreds in attendance whose lives he touched are testament to the lasting impact Rodney had on those who were fortunate enough to know him during his remarkable life. Rodney was the voice ...

EPA fines Syngenta $1.2 million for selling misbranded pesticides, failing to keep study records

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 12:10
For three years, Syngenta sold mislabeled pesticides and herbicides to consumers and farming supply stores hundreds of times in at least six states — even while the chemical company was paying fines for previous similar environmental violations. Syngenta, whose U.S. offices are based in Greensboro, was fined more than $1.2 million by the EPA for allegedly selling pesticides that were misbranded, had outdated labels and ...

Seven things to have on your radar this week

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 10:41
#1 – Will we see a special session to repeal HB2?  – Having watched the NCAA and the ACC pull championship games out of North Carolina last week in direct opposition to House Bill 2, some legislators are hoping Governor Pat McCrory will call them back to Raleigh in special session to address the costly ...

BREAKING: Charlotte’s Mayor Roberts nixes McCrory’s cynical HB2 “deal”

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 10:00
Mayor Jennifer Roberts of Charlotte continues to show herself to be a courageous and principled leader. This is just in from the Charlotte Observer: “Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said Monday morning the city ‘is not prepared’ to discuss repealing the ordinance that led to House Bill 2 at its meeting Monday night. Legislative leaders had ...

Editorial: Why Charlotte City Council must not repeal its anti-discrimination ordinance

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 07:00
The lead editorial in this morning’s Charlotte Observer features one of the most important editorials the paper has ever run. It’s entitled “City Council shouldn’t sell out Charlotte’s LGBT community.” We offer it here in full: “Gov. Pat McCrory and some N.C. lawmakers are encouraging the Charlotte City Council to make a compromise that might ...

No going back on LGBTQ equality: Why Charlotte should not repeal its nondiscrimination ordinance

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 08:31
There’s one thing you can say about Gov. Pat McCrory and the conservative lawmakers now trying to clean up their HB2 mess by attempting once again to force the city of Charlotte to repeal its nondiscrimination ordinance: they don’t give up easily. Faced with national and international condemnation and derision for their horrific homophobia, they’re ...

This Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 14:30
1. The NC GOP revealingly digs in as the damage from HB2 continues to mount The official response by the North Carolina Republican Party to the decision by the NCAA to move seven championship events out of the state next year because of the anti-LGBT law HB2 was startling and offensive. GOP spokesperson Kami Mueller ...

US Senate passes water projects bill, allows states to run their own coal ash landfill programs

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 13:46
Buried on Page 427 of the 644-page federal Water Resources Development Act — S 2848 — is a section devoted to states and their control over coal ash disposal. If the bill becomes law,  North Carolina could establish its own approval and permitting protocol for coal ash landfills in lieu of a federal program. The measure passed 95-3; ...

Raleigh, we have a problem

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 12:39
There are some who are championing the latest data from the US Census Bureau as further evidence of some unique experience in North Carolina driven by policy changes that dismantled and restricted many of our best income- and economy-boosting tools. The John Locke Foundation erroneously claimed that North Carolina had the fastest growing median household ...

Seats going fast for next week’s luncheon with pollster Tom Jensen

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 10:13
Be sure to join us Thursday, September 22 for a special Crucial Conversation luncheon: A 2016 election preview Featuring Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling Click here to register The 2016 election is headed into the homestretch and absentee voting by mail is already underway. Join us as we learn the details of where things ...

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