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The truth about NC education spending

Fact check shows Pope-Civitas Institute used backwards math to tell false story on public schools budgets

A recent post from Bob Luebke at the right-wing Pope-Civitas Institute incorrectly argues that spending on public schools has increased since Republicans took control of the North Carolina General Assembly. The post makes the absurd claim that the budget for public schools has increased in both overall and per-pupil spending, even when adjusted for inflation. There is one big problem with this analysis, however: Bob Luebke doesn’t understand how inflation works.

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Duke Energy seeks to rig the system

Gas-fired power plant may or may not be a good idea, but citizen groups ought not to be prohibited from challenging it If the law prices simple access to the courts beyond the means of the overwhelming majority ...
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Why I won’t be accepting my teacher bonus

Dear Gov. McCrory and members of the North Carolina General Assembly: This may not be a popular opinion, but it is one that is a matter of principle to me. I will be receiving $2,000 in bonuses this year for having a certain number of students pass the AP English Language and Composition Exam for the 2015-2016. Many of you may think that it will somewhat ameliorate tensions with public school teachers like me. I do not think it will at all. I feel that it just exacerbates the real problem: lack of respect for all public school teachers. I am not going to keep my bonus. To me it’s just academic “blood money.”

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North Carolina is headed backwards on childhood lead poisoning

When the NC legislature adjourned last week, they left behind some unfinished business. One bill left hanging, House Bill 1074, would have required (and paid for) lead testing in the drinking water of every school and child care ...
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Is this as good as it gets for North Carolina?

Over the next year North Carolinians will find out the results of an experiment that began July 1. On that date, a new state budget took effect that is based, not on the level of public investment needed ...
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The lows and highs of the 2016 legislative session

The N.C. General Assembly’s 2016 regular session, which drew to a sudden close on July 1, will be remembered as much for what didn’t happen as for what did – sometimes for the worse and occasionally for the ...
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What you need to know about the latest Supreme Court abortion ruling

Forty-three years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, American women can still access this procedure if that is their decision. Maybe. Depending on where they live; what kind of health insurance they have; ...
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Obama administration rules for homecare workers upheld; time for NC to get on board

If there were a contest to identify the most neglected group of workers in modern North Carolina, the folks commonly referred to as homecare workers would be top contenders. Homecare workers – including certified nursing assistants, home health ...
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Why Raleigh should say “no” to disruptive and deceptive crisis pregnancy center

Deceptive advertising. Medically inaccurate information. Emotional manipulation. What do these three things have in common? They are all tactics employed by crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to deter people from accessing abortion care, and one of these CPCs is ...
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The Senate’s disastrous plan to permanently cap the income tax must be stopped

Sorry for the sugar-coating, but the state Senate’s attempt to enshrine its preferred tax policies in North Carolina’s constitution is arrogant, presumptuous, wrongheaded and profoundly undemocratic. Who will be penalized if the attempt succeeds? Not the high-end earners ...
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State budget agreement doubles down once more on regressive tax policies

After lengthy negotiations, North Carolina House and Senate leaders have reached a final budget agreement in recent days that they intend to pass into law before week’s end. As has been the case for the last several years, ...
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Proposed income tax cap would decimate NC’s already foundering justice system

"If we are to right the ship, the Judicial Branch will need sufficient investment from this General Assembly to ensure that we adequately fund the basic operations of the court system. . . . If we cannot pay for these basic services, we cannot conduct timely trials. We all know that justice delayed is justice denied."

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NC Senate’s math bill doesn’t add up

Last week, the North Carolina Senate passed a bill that would require high schools across the state to simultaneously offer two completely different math tracks: the integrated math sequence that is currently taught in middle and high schools ...
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Despite posturing, NC lawmakers are ignoring women’s health and safety in the places that really matter

During the tumultuous 2016 legislative session, access to affordable, quality health care doesn’t seem to have been on the mind of many state lawmakers. While preparing and submitting a demonstration waiver to the federal government to alter and ...
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Senate tax measure would take away the voices of North Carolinians, hurt communities

How much people should pay in taxes is a question that often stirs heated debate. That’s a good thing. The essence of democracy is for two sides to make their cases and see what happens. Well, the days ...
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Do Senate leaders believe their own claims on teacher pay?

Senate leaders made a big splash touting their two-year plan to raise teacher salaries. They held a packed press conference and launched www.NCTeacherRaise.com, the strange website that – in exchange for handing your contact information over to the ...
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