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Effects of opioid epidemic: Another powerful reason to close the Medicaid coverage gap

From 1999-2016, opioid-related overdose fatalities increased by more than 800 percent in North Carolina, resulting in more than 12,000 preventable deaths statewide and a marked increase in the number of children heading into the state’s foster care system. ...
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New voter suppression proposals echo North Carolina’s dark past

Would that North Carolina lawmakers had been so direct as “Pitchfork Ben” Tillman, a virulent white supremacist from South Carolina who, in February 1900, told his colleagues on the U.S. Senate floor that the South’s methodical disenfranchisement of African Americans was, in fact, some sort of triumph.

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Trump proves once again that women are second-class citizens in his America

In another effort to pander to the minority of Americans who want to make abortion and birth control inaccessible, President Trump has again used women’s health to cynically play politics.

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Worst-of-all-worlds immigration bill would harm foreign and U.S. workers

Just when you thought U.S. immigration policy couldn’t get any crueler or more dysfunctional, along come the conservative Republicans in the congressional “Freedom Caucus” to take things to a new low. The latest potentially disastrous proposal:

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Teacher authors open letter to sponsor of controversial bill to allow municipal charters

Dear Rep. Brawley, With the impending approval of Bill HB 514 which allows for municipal charter schools in a budget process that is intentionally kept within committee and out of democratic debate, this voter has to ask you one question (actually many): Do you realize what you have championed?

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NC’s incentives bid for Apple needs more Road Runner, less Wile E. Coyote

Apple is reportedly coming to town, or at least considering it, and state lawmakers are tweaking the state budget to lure the corporate giant with a new package of incentives. Unfortunately, when one examines the latest proposal released by Senator Berger and Speaker Moore in today’s budget, it’s hard not to be reminded of the old “Looney Tunes” cartoons...

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Tuesday numbers: A look at some key differences in the budget proposals of Gov. Cooper and legislative leaders

$130 million – the amount Gov. Roy Cooper has proposed to improve school safety in his budget in response to recent school shootings $35 million – the amount Republicans legislative leaders have proposed for the same purpose

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Weekend “must read”: Ten education policies to watch closely in the 2018 legislative session

With the 2018 legislative session underway, and rumors of a budget being unveiled soon, below are 10 education issues that bear close monitoring. 1. Teacher salaries ...

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Latest Trump immigration “public charge” rule proposal plumbs new depths

In the aftermath of the recent successful push to ward off huge cuts to food assistance programs in the federal Farm Bill, advocates are now organizing to defeat another discriminatory and destructive attack on the supports to families who are struggling to get by and on our immigration system that should allow families to stay together.

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Why we march: A North Carolina teacher details the conservative assault on public schools

When I headed off to college, I could not have predicted that many of the funding streams, positions, and benefits in North Carolina’s education system would evaporate over the course of my teaching career. Since 2008, state education funding has been on a downward slide. When adjusted for inflation, North Carolina spends about 7.9% less than it did before the recession.

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Racial mortgage disparities persist as federal housing enforcement lags

In the classic movie film, Gone with the Wind, the owner of the Tara plantation admonished his daughter for remarking that she didn’t care about her home. In a sharp rebuke, Gerald O-Hara declared that “land was the ...
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A new Poor People’s Campaign for the 21st Century launches next week

As daily news of scandal and corruption comes to light, an underlying message emerges: our nation is in dire need of a moral revival. We had a good start fifty years ago when the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood with sanitation workers in Memphis to demand fair wages and dignity. Their “I am a man” signs conveyed a simple message:

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Don’t overthink it: The best solution to what ails NC’s school funding system isn’t that complicated

When the N.C. General Assembly convenes on May 16, legislators will be “welcomed” by a throng of advocates for high-quality public schools – teachers prominent among them. More power to these noble loud-mouths, and may they make headway in their against-the-tide quest for better pay and working conditions, more school resources and (gasp!) more respect.

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#AllIn4PublicSchools: Why thousands are gathering in Raleigh on May 16

In 1999, when I started teaching in rural Alamance County, my mentor, a wise and wonderful woman told me, “Join the NCAE and read what they send you.” NCAE is the acronym for the North Carolina Association of Educators. It is our state chapter of the National Education Association, the professional organization for teachers, teaching assistants, administrators, and others who work in public schools.

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North Carolinians want the legislature’s judicial attacks to end. It’s time for lawmakers to listen.

When the North Carolina General Assembly convenes in a few weeks for the 2018 legislative short session, lawmakers will once again be asked to consider new judicial voting maps. At last Friday’s meeting of the Joint Judicial Redistricting and Reform Committee, members evaluated three proposals that still appear intended, as one high-ranking official said last year, to affect the partisan makeup of our courts.

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Why both sides are wrong: NC’s teacher pay ranking is even worse than it appears

A tired story repeats itself every year when state rankings of teacher pay are released. Public school advocates claim that North Carolina’s low teacher pay ranking and shortfall from national average pay levels indicate that we aren’t paying our teachers enough. Right-wing pundits then try to rebut the public school advocates by claiming that – when adjusted for North Carolina’s lower cost-of-living – teacher pay is actually pretty good.

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