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Why teachers care about Medicaid expansion

There is a reasonable question being asked about the inclusion of Medicaid expansion in NCAE’s legislative priorities for the May 1st Day of Action. If kids are already covered, why do teachers want to expand coverage for NC families? The answer is simple - working with kids every day, we naturally see the link between the overall health and well-being of the family and how well a child will grow in the classroom.

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While U.S. states push to criminalize abortion, other countries are liberalizing laws

Abortion is not a crime, yet the North Carolina General Assembly just came a step closer to making it one with the recent controversial abortion bill that Gov. Cooper rightly vetoed. Let’s be real: the bill was an outrageous attempt to criminalize the doctors and nurses who provide abortion care and erect a huge barrier for people seeking it.

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Proposals to close the health insurance coverage gap should follow the data on what actually works

North Carolina’s dubious ranking of having the 10th highest rate of uninsured people in the nation continues to play out across the state in ways that challenge our collective well-being and community stability, even as it leads to worse health outcomes and diminished livelihoods for hundreds of thousands of our neighbors.

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Flawed classroom supplies legislation is based on lawmaker’s false premise

Last Wednesday, Superintendent Mark Johnson was joined by important members of the House and Senate for what they promised would be “a major announcement regarding education in North Carolina.” While the hype for the announcement was major, the announcement itself was a dud. The “major announcement” was a plan to divert funding for classroom supplies from school districts to an app that would give every teacher $400 to spend on classroom supplies.

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Hidden history: How NC’s education system overlooks harsh realities of Natives past and present

In February, a stare-down between a Native American man beating a drum and a white teenager in a MAGA hat caused a national stir outside the Lincoln Memorial. Three years ago, President Trump began calling Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas.”

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New brief: The educators who care for NC children are struggling

A new release from NC Child highlights the plight of many who work in early childhood education: no access to health coverage. Statewide, one in five early childhood educators lacks health insurance, and in some rural North Carolina counties those numbers may be even higher.

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The United Methodist Church just made life worse for queer people like me, but I’m not leaving

Last week, members of the United Methodist Church held a polarizing vote to toughen their rules on same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy, a decision that seems likely to split the church, which counts hundreds of thousands of members in North Carolina.

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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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