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Draft policing reforms for Wake schools come up short say children’s advocates – GX

Across all areas of school-based referrals made by SROs, Black students received far higher numbers of referrals than their peers. ...
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House and Senate differ over budget provision making it harder for judges to waive fees for poor defendants – GX

When a person is charged with an infraction or crime, they are ordered to pay court costs. The breakdown of those costs is below. ...
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Behind the scenes of the leachate bill: an inventor, a lawmaker and $5,000 — but not much science – GX

Map of four North Carolina landfills that have been approved to spray leachate. ...
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High Court ruling raises the bar, ensuring disabled students receive a meaningful education – GX

There are 1,454,290 students enrolled in North Carolina public schools for 2016-17. As of April 2016, 178,796 of those students were disabled requiring Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). ...
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Charter vs. public school demographic report discrepancy – GX

Analysis conducted by the NC Justice Center indicates that school choice supporters are overstating the number of low-income children and students enrolled in special education served by charter schools. ...
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Profile of the Unauthorized Population: North Carolina – GX

A demographic break down of the NC residents now threatened by deporation - their ages, the number of years they have been in the country, and the countries to which they would be sent back. ...
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Toxic release trends 2005-2015 – GX

Toxic release trends 2005-2015 On-site releases are defined as those that originate and discharge from the facility; off-site disposal means the toxics are transferred elsewhere, such as a hazardous waste landfill. (Source: EPA) ...
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Counties with protest filings – GX

The NC State Board of Elections has received 53 protests from 36 counties. In total, 301 votes are being challenged. The highest concentration is in Bladen county, where 193 people were accused of "Absentee Fraud" in a single filing. ...
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Judicial vacancies, state and national – GX

The next president could nominate as many as four justices to the high court. The Supreme Court vacancy may be what’s on voters’ minds currently, but it’s important to remember that there are 99 total federal judicial vacancies ...
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Demographics around North Carolina’s coal-fired power plants – GX

Environmental justice concerns are particularly acute near coal-fired power plants and coal ash sites. Of the 22 power plants in North Carolina, more than half are located in ZIP codes where the percentage of people living below the ...
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When it comes to 2016 "bathroom bill" state legislation, North Carolina stands alone in restricting transgender access
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When it comes to 2016 “bathroom bill” state legislation, North Carolina stands alone in restricting transgender access – GX

As part of our ongoing effort to keep readers throughout North Carolina and the nation fully informed about all aspects of the controversial, all-purpose LGBT discrimination law known as HB2 (click here to access all of our stories), ...
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Education week in the House

Speaker Thom Tillis has declared this “Education Week” in the House and has invited school superintendents and top principals from across the state to participate in question and answer sessions in the House chamber. That’s a good idea. ...
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House Finance Committee rams through unemployment insurance rewrite

Cross-posted from The Progressive Pulse As expected, Republican members of the North Carolina House Finance Committee quickly approved a massive overhaul of state unemployment insurance law this morning. In just over an hour and half, the Committee explained, ...
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Cracks in Public Structures: North Carolina's Divestment in Post-Secondary Education Harms Student Success, Broader Economy
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[infographic] North Carolina’s Divestment in Post-Secondary Education Harms Student Success, Broader Economy

North Carolina’s post-secondary education has consistently been recognized as one of the best in the nation, providing the training for participation in the economy and civic life. Over the course of the Great Recession, cuts to both the ...
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