North Carolina children need better access to healthy food: Connecting the dots between hunger, malnutrition and obesity


This Friday, October 24, is Food Day, a day to organize and learn about the biggest issues concerning food, health, and how our political and economic systems promote and/or deny health and equality. We live in the richest country in the world, so we don’t usually connect the terms “hunger,” “malnutrition,” and [Continue Reading...]

We simply must do better


North Carolina must dramatically improve education for students with disabilities Officials from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will present an alarming report on the educational performance of students with disabilities at today’s State Board of Education meeting that calls into question the quality of education the state’s most vulnerable children receive. [Continue Reading...]

Dirty Money, Dirty Water: The repeal of public financing for judicial candidates will allow corporate polluters more influence over North Carolina courts


Editor’s note: On Tuesday, NC Policy Watch will host a Crucial Conversation luncheon on the demise of public financing for judicial campaigns in North Carolina at which Billy Corriher of the Center for American Progress will provide a preview of a new, soon-to-be-released report on the subject he has co-authored entitled “Dirty Money, [Continue Reading...]

Key pillars of a strong and fair economy are crumbling in North Carolina


A strong state Earned Income Tax Credit and a robust minimum wage are twin pillars that together form the foundation of a stronger economy — even for those with low-income jobs. Unfortunately, North Carolina state leaders recently demolished one of those pillars and are letting the other one slowly disintegrate. In North Carolina’s [Continue Reading...]

North Carolina public education and the muddled history of “parental choice”


Today, North Carolina’s K-12 public education faces multiple opponents. One culprit is the erosion of the definition of (and faith in) the concept of “the public.” “Public” has many meanings but Webster’s defines “public” as “of, pertaining to, or affecting the people as a whole,” or “done, made, acting for the people or [Continue Reading...]