Archives by: Clayton Henkel

Clayton Henkel

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Clayton Henkel, Communications Coordinator for N.C. Policy Watch, joined the project in November 2009. She is responsible for the project's website and newsletter management as well as production of its weekly "News and Views" radio program.
clayton@ncpolicywatch.com
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Monday numbers – a closer look at child well-being and the rise in youth suicide

Researchers at NC Child and the NC Institute of Medicine recently released the 2019 North Carolina Child Health Report Card. The annual report offers a snapshot of how children are faring in our state.

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Center for Responsible Lending Policy Director Kelly Tornow

New data from the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) shows for-profit college students continue to be less likely to graduate than their counterparts at public or private nonprofit institutions. These student-borrowers carry more debt regardless of whether they graduate, and they default on that debt at higher rates, often because a for-profit college degree does not provide the anticipated access to higher-paying jobs. Kelly Tornow, Director of North Carolina Policy at the Center, discusses the findings. Learn more: The State of For-Profit Colleges.

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Brendan Riley, policy analyst with the Health Advocacy Project


The momentum to expand Medicaid in North Carolina continues to grow. Brendan Riley with the NC Justice Center’s Health Advocacy Project (HAP) discusses what we have learned from other states that have already taken this important step. Riley also discusses Profiling North Carolina’s Uninsured: How Expanding Medicaid Can Make a Difference.

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Professor Kenneth Dodge, director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy


NC Pre-K (as well as Smart Start) continues to have strikingly positive benefits for children that do not fade out over time. New research from Duke University confirms those benefits last at least through the end of eighth grade. Professor Kenneth Dodge, director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy, discusses his latest research.

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Ridge Graham, field coordinator for Appalachian Voices


Five years after the Dan River disaster, environmentalists are still urging Duke Energy to clean-up its coal ash dumps. Ridge Graham, North Carolina field coordinator for Appalachian Voices, discusses the upcoming decision NCDEQ must make regarding Duke’s storage of coal ash at six unlined basins.

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Rob Thompson, Deputy Director of NC Child


NC Child’s Deputy Director Rob Thompson discusses the 2019 legislative session and efforts to lift-up an agenda that benefits North Carolina’s children. Thompson discusses Medicaid expansion, expansion of early childhood education, Raise the Age funding and suicide prevention.

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Frank Holleman, Southern Environmental Law Center


Southern Environmental Law Center attorney Frank Holleman discusses the ongoing effort to clean-up coal ash in North Carolina, five years after the massive ash spill along the Dan River.

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Suzanne Miller of North Carolina Families for School Testing Reform

Suzanne Miller of North Carolina Families for School Testing Reform discusses the impact of  excessive testing and how the state can making testing fairer and more fruitful for students.

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Patrick McHugh, Senior Public Policy Analyst with the NC Budget & Tax Center


As the federal government gets back on track, Patrick McHugh, Senior Public Policy Analyst with the NC Budget & Tax Center, discusses lessons learned from the longest government shutdown in our history.

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Keith Poston of the Public School Forum of North Carolina


Keith Poston of the Public School Forum discusses the erosion of North Carolina’s commitment to public school and the Top 10 Education Issues for 2019.

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