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Why our organization supports UNC’s race-conscious admission policies

In 2014, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) filed federal lawsuits against Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), alleging that both institutions’ admissions practices are discriminatory. The widely publicized Harvard case hinged on the question of whether Harvard’s admission policy discriminates against Asian American students by holding them to a higher standard than other applicants.

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Gerrymandering dooms voter ID amendment, judge says

Perhaps we didn’t see this coming. Perhaps we should have. In what has to rate among the most explosive state court rulings in recent years, a judge on Feb. 22 tossed out two hotly contested amendments to the North Carolina constitution, including one that would make it harder for many citizens to vote.

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Not fixed yet: Trump administration family separation policies continue to harm innocent children

News media attention may have shifted of late to the government shutdown, the Michael Cohen circus and other Trump Administration misadventures, but the crisis of immigrant children being forcibly separated from their parents has never been resolved. What's more, recent evidence shows that the problem was and remains even worse than was originally understood.

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Despite progress, more action is needed to end childhood lead exposure in NC

Here’s a welcome good news story about kids’ health and the environment: In North Carolina, public health officials have been working for more than 30 years to eliminate childhood lead poisoning – and have come very close to doing so. Child blood levels have dropped dramatically population-wide. Unfortunately, some pockets of high exposure still remain...

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Demystifying abortion: How myths and stigma only feed attacks on Roe v. Wade

Many of us may remember the often very implausible notions we had of “where babies come from” when we were kids. And even as we learned more details when we got older, many of us still entered adulthood with only a partial understanding of the complexities of pregnancy, childbirth and sexual and reproductive health care.

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N.C. teacher: Superintendent Mark Johnson “revoked” my access to Tuesday education summit

Editor's note: Kim Mackey is a social studies teacher with Wake County Public Schools. She recently wrote an open letter to State Superintendent Mark Johnson, because she says her ticket to his special event this Tuesday had been "revoked." In an email, a copy of which was shared with Policy Watch, Johnson wrote that the event was "at capacity."

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Now is the time for NC to enact bipartisan gun violence legislation

The United States sees an average of 22,000 firearm suicides and 14,600 firearm homicides, including 300 deaths in mass shootings, each year. In at least 42 percent of mass shooting cases, shooters put up “red flags” – maybe even blatant threats on social media – before opening fire.

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North Carolina’s leaders must come together on health care

Legislation introduced last week to expand Medicaid should be welcome news to the hundreds of thousands in North Carolina who currently can’t see a doctor when they need one. House Bill 5 was introduced by lead sponsors Reps. Gale Adcock, Carla Cunningham, Verla Insko, and Jean Farmer-Butterfield, and Senate Bill 3 was introduced by lead sponsors Sens. Ben Clark, Dan Blue, and Gladys Robinson – all Democrats. A Republican-led bill is expected soon in the NC House.

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Why performance pay is the wrong path forward for North Carolina schools

“I find no evidence that teacher incentives increase student performance, attendance, or graduation, nor do I find any evidence that the incentives change student or teacher behavior. If anything, teacher incentives may decrease student achievement, especially in larger schools.” ...
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On its 46th anniversary, Roe v. Wade is in real danger

As we commemorated the 45th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision Roe v Wade last year, we were contemplating what the second year under a misogynistic, virulently anti-abortion administration might bring.

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NC domestic violence laws still discriminate against LGBTQ people

Same-sex couples in North Carolina won the freedom to marry in 2014, but LGBTQ people continue to be denied equal protection under the law in many other areas of life. North Carolina is currently the only state in the nation that prevents those in same-sex relationships from accessing protective orders for domestic violence.

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The fine print: How North Carolina charters are — secretly — lagging behind traditional public schools

Did you know that student performance in North Carolina charter schools is increasingly falling behind traditional public schools? Probably not. After all, that message was absent from state charter office Director Dave Machado’s presentation to the Board last week, nor will you find it in the related Charter Schools Annual Report submitted to...

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School resegregation in NC continues to rear its ugly head

Race continues to be the primary determinant of K-12 public education. Nikole Hannah-Jones, an award-winning New York Times Magazine reporter and former reporter for the News & Observer of Raleigh, spoke recently at Duke University in front of a large gathering to kick off the Color of Education Initiative. Hannah-Jones asserts that integration has been the most effective strategy for closing the achievement gap between white and Black students. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) conducted the research to support Hannah-Jones’ position.

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In NC, the New Year brings another round of gifts to the well-off

On January 1st, wealthy individuals and big corporations in North Carolina got yet another break on their taxes, continuing a shift in the tax load to privilege the select few that leaders in the legislature have been pushing since 2013. Sadly, this change will continue a process of ignoring the public good and the need for investment to support a growing state.

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In support of Cooper’s election bill veto

North Carolina’s Republican-controlled General Assembly has tried every which-a-way to hamstring Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s oversight of what used to be known as the State Board of Elections and thus of how the state’s elections are carried out.

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Thom Tillis: Doing the bidding of insurance companies while pretending otherwise

You must admit, Sen. Thom Tillis is in a tough spot. After saying time after time that the Affordable Care Act is the root of virtually all that is wrong in the world, and voting repeatedly to repeal it, Tillis now finds himself face-to-face with an electorate that supports the ACA...

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