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Nikki Haley: Making Pat McCrory look foolish again on LGBT discrimination law

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 07:17
It’s a sad commentary as to how far things have fallen in North Carolina over the last five years that the state continues to be taken to the cleaners by the more open and forward thinking policies of…South Carolina. But the evidence continues to pile up. While North Carolina can’t get get Duke Energy to ...

Surprise! Margaret Spellings disappoints in response to LGBT discrimination law

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 14:00
New UNC system president Margaret Spellings has weighed in on the state’s new LGBT discrimination law with a memo addressed to all system chancellors. Not surprisingly, the memo, which foreshadowed its predictable conclusions with the bureaucratic subject line (“Guidance – Compliance with the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act”) does exactly what Spellings critics and ...

North Carolina has spent $12 million on private school vouchers this year

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 13:00
The Citizen-Times of Asheville is reporting this week that North Carolina has spent about $12 million this academic year, out of a budgeted $17.6 million, on the state’s controversial private school voucher program. The vouchers, provided by the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, offer $4,200 scholarships for low-income children to attend the state’s private schools, which are mostly religious ...

State Board of Education approves limits on out-of-state charter leaders

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:27
Members of the State Board of Education on Thursday approved a new policy limiting out-of-state membership and officers on charter school boards. The new policy will require that a majority of the board members and at least 50 percent of board officers for charter schools be North Carolina residents.  The board’s unanimous vote comes after ...

Providing meaningful teacher pay raise clashes with appetite for tax cuts

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 09:32
Gov. McCrory and state leaders have signaled intentions to include a pay raise for North Carolina teachers in their respective proposed budgets for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1, 2016. The specifics of what a pay raise will entail remains unclear. However, what is clear is that providing educators a meaningful raise conflicts ...

Jim Jenkins: The HB 2 mess will get worse before it gets better

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:02
Columnist Jim Jenkins of Raleigh’s News & Observer gets it right this morning in an essay entitled “Losses won’t cause GOP to back down on HB2.” After detailing the enormous damage the new discrimination law is causing to the state in the form of lost jobs and economic activity and Governor McCrory’s obvious panic, he ...

Basketball great Charles Barkley on HB 2: NBA needs to move All-Star game out of Charlotte

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 16:07
Go Charles! Give ’em heck. This is from the Washington Post: The 2017 NBA All-Star Game is 10 months, but Charles Barkley is urging the NBA to pull the league’s glittering weekend out of Charlotte after North Carolina passed a law that bars the extension of civil rights protections to gay and transgender people. “As ...

Two extremely hopeful signs on public attitudes toward climate change — including one in NC!

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 15:15
There are growing signs that the decades-long effort by the Koch brothers and other fossil fuel polluters to deny the reality of climate change is finally, like its close sibling (the decades-long effort to deny the dangers of tobacco smoke), running out of steam. Exhibit #1 was an event that took place in Charlotte yesterday ...

Investing in early childhood would have substantive, long-lasting benefits for children and North Carolina

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:35
Yesterday, early education workers and thought leaders joined together at the North Carolina Child Care Coalition’s annual Early Education Forum to discuss ways to use research, policy, and advocacy to address the high cost of early education as well as to transform the early care and education workforce. Those concerns are substantiated in a new ...

New study shows growing gap in school funding between wealthy and poor counties

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 11:53
A new study shows the gap in school funding between North Carolina’s wealthiest and poorest counties continues to grow. The report, published Tuesday by the Public School Forum of N.C., an education policy group in Raleigh, shows that in 2013-2014 (the  most recent data available in the report) the state’s ten highest spending counties doled ...

Greensboro passes formal resolution opposing anti-LGBT HB2 (video)

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 11:48
Greensboro City Council has passed a formal resolution opposing House Bill 2. The resolution, approved on an 8-1 vote Tuesday evening, condemned the state legislation that removes local control and opens the door to discrimination against LGBT individiuals. Council Member Sharon Hightower criticized the law signed by Governor McCrory for the negative economic impact it ...

18 questions, 18 answers: The real facts behind House Bill 2

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 11:13
In case you missed it, last week, Rick Glazier, the Executive Director of the NC Justice Center (the parent organization of NC Policy Watch) has prepared an excellent and comprehensive analysis of North Carolina’s new all-purpose discrimination law  (which is commonly referred to as HB 2 — the bill that made it law). Please feel ...

Why Gov. McCrory’s teacher pay proposal is scarcely causing a ripple

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 07:26
With the ongoing crisis over North Carolina’s embarrassing duel with Mississippi to enact the nation’s most regressive anti-LGBT discrimination law still dominating the news and political discussion in the state, Gov. Pat McCrory tried to change the subject yesterday by proposing a significant pay raise for the state’s long-abused public school teachers. Unfortunately, for the ...

Lawmaker relates story of “regular guy” constituent with transgender child harmed by HB 2

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 11:34
In a letter to the Asheville Citizen-Times, State Representative John Ager of Buncombe County offered a compelling and plainspoken explanation yesterday of his vote against House Bill 2, which ushered in North Carolina’s new discrimination law. “It was never really about the bathrooms. They were the hook, the Trojan horse to do so much more ...

PayPal halts Charlotte expansion, cancels 400 jobs citing discriminatory anti-LGBT law

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 10:33
Just weeks after announcing a major expansion in Charlotte, comes word that Paypal has withdrawn those plans because of House Bill 2. PayPal CEO Dan Schulman made the official announcement this morning Two weeks ago, PayPal announced plans to open a new global operations center in Charlotte and employ over 400 people in skilled jobs.  ...

Yet another cancellation as a result of HB2 — NC settles in for a siege

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 10:19
The cancellations, boycotts and protests are coming in so fast from around the country that it’s almost impossible to keep track of the negative reactions to North Carolina’s new discrimination law. Here’s the latest from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC): “ICYMI, yesterday, Architectural Digest editor in chief Margaret Russell and publisher and chief revenue officer ...

Rev. Barber kicks off “revival tour” with successful event at Raleigh synagogue

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 08:21
If there’s a most hopeful and encouraging thing about the new brand of 21st Century “fusion politics” championed by Rev. William Barber of the North Carolina NAACP, it’s the way this man and the movement he leads are truly serious about being an always evolving and progressing, multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-faith effort. The inspiring diversity ...

Five things to have on your radar this week (other than Monday’s championship game)

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 15:59
# 1 – How to end gerrymandering – The good folks at the North Carolina Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform kick-off a series of meetings across the state this week to talk about why our state needs a nonpartisan redistricting system and how we can do it. Their first program will be held this ...

New report points to segregation in private schools

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 14:23
Last month, we reported on the widening racial and economic divisions in North Carolina’s two largest school systems, despite ample evidence that high concentrations of impoverished children in any school can be harmful to students’ performance. Now, the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), a Georgia-based advocate for school equity, has issued a new report on virtual segregation in ...

SCOTUS rejects challenge to “one person one vote” doctrine applicable in the drawing of state legislative districts

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 10:18
Who should states count when tabulating populations for redistricting purposes? In an 8-0 decision written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the “one person one vote” concept applicable in the drawing of legislative districts, holding that constitutional history, precedent, and practice permit a state or locality to draw its legislative districts based on ...

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