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Reinvestment should be top priority for lawmakers during the Short Session

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 13:38
This blog post is the first post in our week-long 2016 Raise the Bar blog series that will recap the state of the North Carolina budget and make the case for reinvestment so that all North Carolinians have a fair shot to get ahead. Next Tuesday, state lawmakers will return to Jones Street for the start of the Short ...

In county wracked by increasing segregation, Charlotte schools to weigh new student assignment plan

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 11:52
Last month, Policy Watch reported on the tremendous resegregation challenges facing North Carolina’s two largest school systems, the Wake County Public School System and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). Fittingly, this week, leaders in the Charlotte school system will be considering a draft plan for a pending student assignment, and it’s likely to be a disappointment to those ...

What’s at stake in today’s Supreme Court hearing on immigration – family integrity and a lot of worker income

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 11:07
The US Supreme Court hears oral argument today in the case of Texas v. United States, a challenge to the Obama Administration’s executive order to protect the parents of U.S. citizens and legal residents from deportation, commonly known as DAPA. If upheld, DAPA will allow several million of immigrant parents nationwide to step out of ...

Editorial pages: How HB2 ensnared McCrory and what it says about his governorship

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 08:13
The drumbeat of editorials and op-eds decrying House Bill 2 continued to fill the editorial pages of the state’s major newspapers this weekend. Here are two, however, that really stood out: First was Ned Barnett’s dissection of how the new discrimination law came to be in Sunday’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer. As Barnett explains ...

Gov. McCrory defends HB2 on “Meet the Press”; NBC estimates loss over anti-LGBT law at $39.7 million

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 12:55
Governor Pat McCrory took to national television on Sunday to explain  his decision to sign House Bill 2, and his executive order to walk back parts of the so-called bathroom bill just three weeks later.  In the nearly 10-minute interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” McCrory told interviewer Chuck Todd: HB2 was necessary to address ...

Under-employment and low wages still plague North Carolina

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:32
Last month’s employment figures show that North Carolina’s economy is still not producing enough jobs for everyone that wants to work, just as we continue to search for ways to produce appreciable wage growth. With the legislative session just around the corner, the economic data from March provide a reminder that tax cuts, slashing government ...

This Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 14:32
1. North Carolina mom: What I’m scared of (Hint: It’s not the transgender woman in the next bathroom stall) I’m a North Carolina mother of a 5-year-old daughter, and I’m scared. I’m not scared about the things the North Carolina General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory apparently think I should be scared of, upon reading ...

Lawyer for NY teacher: Don’t rely on computerized evaluation of teachers

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 14:14
This weekend, education experts and advocates from around the state and the country will be gathering in Raleigh for the 2016 Network for Public Education National Conference. The following essay by a New York attorney named Bruce Lederman highlights a subject of one of the panels at the event — the controversy surrounding computerized evaluations ...

State Supreme Court rules retroactive application of teacher tenure repeal is unconstitutional

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:45
The state Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that the repeal of North Carolina’s teacher tenure law could not be retroactively applied to those teachers who had already achieved that status. “We conclude that repeal of the Career Status Law unlawfully infringes upon the contract rights of those teachers who had already achieved career status,” Justice ...

AIDS Action Network advocate: Medicaid expansion is a life and death matter

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 10:43
Christina Adeleke of the North Carolina AIDS Action Network recently had the opportunity to testify at a North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services public hearing on the McCrory administration’s plan to privatize the delivery of Medicaid services. Afterward, she composed a compelling and personal essay about how the reality of health insurance in ...

HB2 supporters finally come out of the closet about their true intentions

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 08:48
Not that anyone is surprised by the development, but it seems worth clarifying as we come to the close of another work week in North Carolina’s new and dark HB2 era, that the most prominent supporters of the discrimination law have revealed their true colors in recent days. Having long mouthed the manufactured and embarrassingly ...

Wake County schools weigh how to fund more than $1 billion in needs

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:48
In March, we wrote about at least one of the major challenges facing North Carolina’s largest public school system, Wake County Public School System, in the coming years, not the least of which being a growing number of schools heavily loaded with low-income children.  Addressing the problem, which might involve a combination of small-scale reassignments and ...

Diversity of HB2 opponents growing ever wider

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 15:53
The condemnations of North Carolina’s new all-purpose discrimination law are coming in so fast that it’s almost impossible to keep track of them. Even U.S. Senator Richard Burr declined a chance to comment on the issue today, telling a reporter “Oh, I’m not getting into that crap.” Here, however, are just a few of the ...

HB2 threatens half billion dollar hit to NC economy

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 11:16
As the headlines pile up announcing business opposition to the pro-discrimination legislation HB2, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the law is placing North Carolina’s economy in jeopardy. In fact, a recent report from the Center for American Progress finds that HB2 threatens $567 million in economic activity from just the companies that have announced they ...

Could marijuana policy be one area on which the right and left finally find some common ground?

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 10:44
Those desperately seeking some hopeful news from the divided world of modern American politics will find a measure of it in an article published yesterday by John Hudak of the Brooking Institution. In “Why the CARERS Act is so significant for marijuana policy reform,” Hudak explores the growing bipartisan movement to remove existing federal roadblocks ...

Cyndi Lauper shows ‘True Colors’ in stance to repeal anti-LGBT House Bill 2

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 09:49
Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning singer Cyndi Lauper announced Thursday she will perform in North Carolina in June, using her appearance to focus on the need to fully repeal House Bill 2. Here’s Lauper’s official statement on HB2: Personal Note From Cyndi: Sadly, once again, the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people ...

Scathing editorials, chirping crickets on Jones Street continue McCrory’s horrible, no good, very bad week

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:17
There’s a sentiment in some circles that Gov. Pat McCrory may have blunted some of the bad feelings his actions on HB 2 have provoked with his semi-conciliatory executive order this week. If that’s so, however, it’s hard to tell where that’s actually the case. Most of the state’s newspapers and columnists continue to issue ...

It’s no show for Ringo in a stand “against the bigotry of HB2”

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 20:54
Ringo Starr announced through social media Wednesday that he would cancels his June 18th concert at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary in opposition to House Bill 2. The statement on Starr’s Facebook page read: Like Bruce Springsteen and other fellow artists, Ringo stands with those fighting against the bigotry of HB2. Ringo states, “I’m sorry ...

New report shows where NC economic policy is out of whack

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 14:37
A report out today highlights a lot of areas where North Carolina’s economic policy is badly wanting. Drawing on a trove of economic analysis, the report identifies common-sense policies that can grow an economy that works for everyone. Let’s just say that North Carolina has plenty of room for improvement. As legislators gear up for ...

Gov. McCrory’s Executive Order does little to correct the multiple harmful impacts of HB2

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 14:09
Statement from Rick Glazier, Executive Director of the NC Justice Center Gov. McCrory called on lawmakers yesterday to reverse part of House Bill 2, but unfortunately his Executive Order fails to fix or recommend fixing most of the extremely damaging provisions of this toxic legislation. It is essentially a “do nothing” order. Because of House ...

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