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Monday numbers: What does the modern American family look like?

Last week, legal experts and families spoke with NC Policy Watch about how state law is not keeping pace with science and the non-traditional family unit.

The American family two generations ago was portrayed as a married heterosexual couple living with their genetic offspring, and family law was promulgated to accommodate those relationships.

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Why we must require “crisis pregnancy centers” to be transparent

Imagine you receive the devastating news that you have cancer. Quickly, you need to find a doctor and care team that you can trust completely. You've heard some ads for a comprehensive, compassionate cancer center and make an appointment.

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ICE is terrorizing our kids: Report shines a light on the impact immigration enforcement is having on children

There are a lot of compelling reasons to be deeply concerned about ICE – the federal immigration agency that’s acting more and more like a rogue national police force. From the midnight raids to the lack of due process afforded detained individuals to the downright cruel and inhumane destruction of families...

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After the #March4OurLives: The policies that are most likely to make our schools and students safer

Thousands of people participated in Saturday’s March for Our Lives Raleigh to demand common sense gun reform, advocate for full funding for the student support services desperately needed in our schools and, notably, to register voters.

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What excuse makers just don’t get about the #MeToo reality

Recently I was having dinner with friends and the topic of sexual violence came up. One-by-one we went around the table recounting the first time we remembered feeling unsafe because of our gender. Each and every one of us had a story to tell. For most, our first #MeToo moment predated even our first kiss.

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Senator Burr must allow an examination of would-be CIA chief’s torture connections

Ordinary Americans – those of us not allowed to know the secrets of high-level espionage work – at this point find it hard to judge accurately the accomplishments of Gina Haspel as she climbed through the ranks of the Central Intelligence Agency. President Trump, in nominating Haspel to head the agency where she now is deputy director, of course painted her in glowing colors.

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Each win matters: Public education advocates reflect on a year of struggle to solve the class size crisis

In the aftermath of recent action by state lawmakers to back down from their previously enacted unfunded mandate to shrink K-3 class sizes, education policy advocate Sarah Montgomery of the North Carolina Justice Center asked some of the parents and teachers who spoke up on the issue to share their reflections on a hard-fought victory.

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Trump tariffs are penny-wise pound foolish

Penny-wise, pound-foolish. So declared a disappointed English lord in response to his heir’s poor financial judgement. Though coined 500 years ago somewhere else entirely, the phrase still means the same thing today in 21st century America—don’t save small amounts of money on something if it’s going to cost you a whole lot more later on.

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NC school psychologist shortage leaves many students without mental health resources

Matthew was struggling to keep up with his second grade classmates in reading, was sleeping in class, missing school, and getting into conflicts with peers. Matthew had some unique behaviors that his teachers had difficulty managing, and repeating second grade was becoming a possibility. He even talked of hurting himself.

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Legislature slashes aid to people in need by eliminating the Access to Civil Justice Act

Leena and Ryan (names changed) divorced years ago and continued to co-parent their children. But when Ryan began using drugs, his paranoia escalated. He began calling their school—and Leena’s home—at all hours, ranting about how the children were being hurt or kidnapped. Then Leena discovered that during weekend visits Ryan was giving the children knives before they went to sleep to “protect themselves.”

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Lawmakers complicate class size “fix” with partisan power grabs

As the General Assembly wraps up its weirdly timed and generally ill-conceived winter session, it would be nice to think that the grand dispute over class sizes in North Carolina’s public schools had been resolved in a way ...
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Why we are calling on Congress to protect basic food assistance

Every day brings new reports that Congress is interested in further whittling away at the programs comprising the social safety net for low-income households, the disabled, and the elderly. One of the programs at risk is SNAP, formerly Food Stamps, a program that helps 1.5 million low-income North Carolinians buy essential groceries each month for themselves and their families.

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Congress must act ASAP on two noncontroversial healthcare programs

When Congress finally passed a continuing resolution last month allowing the government to re-open, there was much rejoicing. In addition to agreeing that continuing basic government services is a good thing, lawmakers reauthorized the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, which provides critical funding for more than 10 million children nationwide. Unfortunately, CHIP was but one in a long list of “must do” items that, for one reason or another, was left undone.

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Report raises new questions about Amazon, economic development

Amazon jobs and cash incentives to bring those jobs to North Carolina may not be all they’re cracked up to be, according to a new report released today by the Economic Policy Institute.

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National School Choice Week highlights movement’s lackluster track record in NC

This week is National School Choice Week. In North Carolina, the week’s main event was yesterday’s rally, attended by Superintendent Mark Johnson. But hopefully the week will also serve as an opportunity for reflection. The track record for North Carolina’s school choice programs – charter schools and voucher programs – has been lackluster. The movement could benefit from less cheerleading, and more reckoning with evidence.

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Now more than ever: Why we must fight for reproductive freedom

On the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States of America, many people may be wondering if the era of safe and legal abortion in our country is coming to an end. While the reality is that access to safe and legal abortion is actually out of reach for too many Americans, recent court cases have reaffirmed the fundamental right to access legal abortion care in this country. But political rhetoric, policy proposals and anti-abortion extremism at the state and federal levels have continued advance and enact unnecessary, dangerous, and ideologically-motivated roadblocks to a form of basic healthcare that one-in-four American women will access in their lifetimes.

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