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School district secession is the wrong path for NC

Public education in North Carolina has its share of challenges, not the least of which has been the state’s ongoing failure to make sure that school systems in poorer communities receive the financial support they need. But in one major respect, the pattern by which most of our school districts are organized helps them serve all their students, no matter their circumstances.

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Five fast facts for Tax Day 2018

Tax Day in 2018 in North Carolina presents an opportunity to make sure our tax code allows us to meet our goal that every community and family can thrive. Here are FIVE FAST FACTS to keep in mind this tax season.

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On Equal Pay Day, the giant roadblocks that still confront American women

Men and women doing the same job over the same time period should be paid equally. But in the United States, women on average don’t earn the equivalent of their male counterparts—forcing them to work longer and harder to earn what white men make doing the same job. The recent attacks on women’s health care, including President Trump’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, roll back the no-cost birth control provision, prioritize abstinence-only sex education in the budget, and defund Planned Parenthood create even more barriers to equal pay, ensuring that women won’t reach economic equality anytime soon.

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Leandro at 21: Cooper commission, judge’s latest ruling offer hope for landmark education ruling

It was perhaps the N.C. Supreme Court’s finest hour. In 1997, the high court held unanimously that North Carolina public school students are entitled under the state constitution to the “opportunity to receive a sound basic education.” In other words, it’s the state’s responsibility to make sure that all children – even those living in communities dogged by poverty – have a fair chance to learn what they need to learn in order to make their way in the world and become productive citizens.

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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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