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Voices from an Altered State

In “Altered State: How Five years of conservative rule have redefined North Carolina”  the staff at N.C. Policy Watch takes an in-depth look at a number of the key policy changes that have taken place since the November elections of 2010.

Policymakers, educators, environmentalists and advocates all had something to say about the changes they have observed. We hope you will click below to hear those newsmakers in their own words.

Click here to download the PDF of the “Altered State” report [1].

We welcome your feedback [2].

State Sen. Mike Woodard (D-Durham) discusses how North Carolina’s political landscape [3] has changed over the past five years and impeded the state’s progress.

NC Child’s Rob Thompson discusses the decline in public investments [4] in child care and education since conservatives gained control of North Carolina’s legislature.

State Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford) discusses how environmental protections [5] have changed dramatically in the last five years.

Grady McCallie with the NC Conservation Network discusses how conservative lawmakers have approached [5] North Carolina’s environmental protections.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson worries about the impact of deep cuts [6] made to public education by the legislature.

Mark Jewell of the NCAE discusses why some veteran teachers in North Carolina are rethinking [7] their chosen profession.

Public School Forum President Keith Poston discusses the decline in public school support [8] over the last five years, as legislative support has grown for vouchers and charter schools.

Bob Phillips of Common Cause North Carolina discusses how voting rights and the state’s pro-democracy laws [9] have shifted over the last five years.

State Sen. Jeff Jackson (D-Mecklenburg) discusses how gerrymandering [10] has skewed North Carolina’s elections, making many races uncompetitive. Jackson supports an independent redistricting process.