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The far right of the far right: NC GOP members of Congress hit new low

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:31

Wow. Just wow. Every time you think North Carolina’s conservative members of Congress have hit a new low, they plumb new depths. As Doug Clark of the Greensboro News & Record explains in “North Carolina against hurricane relief,” nine of North Carolina’s 10 GOP members of Congress voted “no” on a hurricane relief bill yesterday ...

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Innovative School District head defends background with groups seeking state contracts

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:08

The head of North Carolina’s Innovative School District (ISD) says his professional ties to two groups seeking state contracts to manage struggling schools should not be a conflict. Some public school advocates have suggested ISD Superintendent Eric Hall’s relationship with those organizations—AMIKids Inc. and Communities in Schools (CIS) of Robeson County—may hinder his objectivity in ...

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Richard Burr’s hometown newspaper: Control rapid fire weapons now

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 08:13

The lead editorial in this morning’s Winston-Salem Journal is on the money: it’s long past time for congress — including North Carolina’s two NRA-owned and operated senators, Thom Tills and Ricard Burr (pictured at left) — to put the good of the country first and act now to ban a host of dangerous mass killing ...

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Groups with ties to Innovative School District head seeking state contracts for charter takeovers

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 19:24

Two groups seeking state contracts to run struggling North Carolina schools have professional ties to the man who may ultimately steer the decision to hire them, N.C. Policy Watch has learned. According to documents obtained by Policy Watch, AMIKids Inc. and Communities in Schools (CIS) of Robeson County are two of eight organizations that have filed ...

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The latest on NC’s racial gerrymandering case: Will a special master get involved in a map redraw?

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 17:36

A decision was not reached Thursday in a federal racial gerrymandering case about whether or not proposed remedial legislative maps would be approved, but a three-judge panel indicated it could still appoint a special master to take on the task of drawing constitutional districts. “A court does not want to get in to policy decisions,” ...

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DEQ names head of science advisory board, will tackle emerging contaminants in drinking water

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 14:45

A distinguished UNC professor who has written about the Flint water crisis and other drinking water contamination issues, is the chairman of the newly formed state Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board, the Department of Environmental Quality announced today. Jamie Bartram, a professor and founding director of The Water Institute at UNC Chapel Hill, will lead the ...

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Legislators will attempt to override Cooper’s veto of “The Electoral Freedom Act” on Tuesday (video)

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:48

Legislative leaders reportedly will attempt to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 656 next week. The so-called “Electoral Freedom Act” eases ballot access requirements for third party candidates, but also seeks to eliminates next year’s primary election for judicial races and district attorneys. As Melissa Boughton explains in her story today, the move ...

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What you should know about Trump’s latest disastrous action on healthcare

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:23

A statement from the North Carolina Justice Center (the parent organization of NC Policy Watch) explains today’s potentially disastrous Trump administration effort to further undermine the Affordable care Act: Trump Executive Order Jeopardizes Health Care Affordability and Access for North Carolinians with Pre-Existing Conditions Order will bring back junk insurance plans, destabilizing health insurance markets, ...

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Who are the UNC Board of Governors task forces? We’d love to tell you.

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:19

If you’ve been following our coverage of the UNC Board of Governors the last few weeks, you’ll have seen us write about two task forces: one on how the board conducts its meetings and another on the purpose of UNC General Administration. Yesterday, we also attended a sub-committee meeting on a “free expression” policy being ...

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House GOP passes budget to slash Medicaid and Medicare by $1.5 Trillion over the next 10 years

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 07:10

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a federal budget for 2018 that calls for more than $5 trillion in cuts over the next 10 years to multiple important programs that help communities and working families all across America. It also contains the latest in a series of backdoor approaches to reduce health insurance coverage ...

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UNC Board of Governors committee crafting “free expression” policy

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 16:00

A UNC Board of Governors committee has begun crafting a controversial “free expression policy” called for by a bill passed earlier this summer. The bill, which initially stalled in the House before changes allowed it to become law in July, aims to “restore and preserve free speech” by having the UNC system create a uniform ...

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Parents, advocates appeal key Halifax County school funding case

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:30

Parents and advocates in one eastern North Carolina county will appeal a pivotal ruling last month that held a local county board cannot be blamed for the run-down state of area schools. As Policy Watch reported last month, plaintiffs in the Silver et al v. Halifax County Board of Commissioners case were likely to take ...

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Movement to remove Silent Sam continues to grow at UNC

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:00

As the N.C. Historical Commission studies its options and the UNC administration and Board of Governors lock horns over the issue, the movement to remove the “Silent Sam” Confederate monument from UNC’s Chapel Hill campus continues to gain momentum. Last week UNC’s Department of Religious Studies became just the latest in a series of university departments ...

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Huffington Post, editorials shine light on NC GOP courts putsch

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 07:30

As Policy Watch reporter Melissa Boughton has been reporting at great length in recent weeks and months, the effort of North Carolina Republicans to raze and remake the state judiciary continues apace. Happily, the issue is now gathering more and more attention from national reporters who recognize North Carolina’s ongoing role as a testing ground ...

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Covington plaintiffs: Court should make sure remedial districts comply with state, federal law

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 16:23

A federal three-judge panel on Thursday will hear final arguments as to whether they should enact remedial State House and Senate maps proposed and passed by GOP lawmakers. The maps are supposed to correct unconstitutional racial gerrymanders that were found in 28 of the voting districts, but the plaintiffs in North Carolina v. Covington allege ...

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Durham school to rally on charter takeover proposal tonight

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:33

Durham community leaders will once again meet to discuss—and, likely, to protest—North Carolina’s contentious proposal to potentially allow for-profit charter companies to assume control of a struggling local elementary school. The “Defend Durham Schools” group organized last week’s fiery meeting at Lakewood Elementary, which was removed from the list of eligible schools a day later. ...

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All Asian-American charter schools? New study shows the troubling reality ushered in by “school choice”

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:17

Public schools advocate Diane Ravitch has a new post this morning highlighting a study from Minnesota that evidences the troubling reality that comes with unfettered “school choice.” Here’s Ravitch: Minnesota: Abundance of Choice Destabilizes Neighborhood Schools and Produces High Levels of Segregation This story about Minnesota shows the good and the bad effects of school ...

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Ethics, legal experts: Why Donald Trump likely obstructed justice

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 07:50

If you’re interested in understanding why President Donald Trump likely broke federal law when it came to obstructing the investigation into the ties between Russia and his presidential campaign, you would do well to check out a report released this morning by a trio of ethics and legal experts for the Brookings Institution. In “Did ...

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N&O dives into the wealthy donor who shepherded N.C.’s charter takeover program

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 15:00

At Policy Watch, we’ve reported extensively on the out-of-state advocates who helped to usher in North Carolina’s controversial Innovative School District (ISD), a school reform model that could shuttle control over low-performing schools to for-profit charter companies. As of last week, the state’s list of schools eligible for the ISD was down to four. Now, The ...

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UNC Board of Governors Task Force zeroes in on General Administration

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 14:28

The UNC Board of Governors’ Task Force on the Purpose of UNC General Administration had its first meeting Monday morning. Task Force C0-Chairman Bob Rucho called the task before it “massive” –  to determine whether the UNC system’s administration is doing everything it should, to eliminate anything it shouldn’t be doing and to find ways ...

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