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PW exclusive: Troubled charter school’s decision to hire consultant with checkered past raises concerns

A troubled charter school in the Rowan County town of East Spencer has turned to a man with a checkered financial and criminal history to help it find its footing after a rocky first year that involved parting ways with its management company and finishing the academic year thousands of dollars in the red.

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Higher Ed Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Survey: Half of UNC-Chapel Hill’s female students experience some form of sexual assault

Nearly half of the female students at UNC-Chapel Hill have experienced some form of sexual assault by their fourth year at the school, a new survey of North Carolina’s flagship university says. “I was shocked to see the ...
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Billy Ball Commentary Top Story

Amid Trump’s lies, what to do about a problem like Facebook?

When the journalist Michael Kinsley wrote in 1984 that a gaffe “is when a politician tells the truth,” perhaps he saw the future. Kinsley could not, however, have foreseen our current political climate.

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Environment Top Story

PW exclusive: Investigation shows NC pension funds hold stock in GenX polluter, Chemours

Despite concerns, Treasurer Dale Folwell maintains state investments in much-criticized company that polluted the Cape Fear All winter long, it seemed, there was a spill. A leak. An “accident.”  Throughout 2017 and 2018, the Chemours Fayetteville Works plant discharged and emitted GenX, a toxic compound, into the air, the Cape Fear River, and the groundwater, polluting the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of people.

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Other Voices Progressive Voices Top Story

Impeachment, Syria and tonight’s Democratic presidential debate

Tonight's Democratic presidential debate will be dominated by two urgent issues: the House of Representatives’ inquiry into the possible impeachment of President Trump, and Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from northern Syria. Impeachment and Syria should produce a high degree of unity among the 12 presidential contenders on the stage. However, the surface agreement masks complex political calculations.

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Top Story Weekly Briefing

To seem rather than to be

Supporters of public education fight back against empty promises of state’s school privatization movement Americans are suckers for advertising and, in some ways, it’s an admirable trait. It speaks to our national traditions of optimism and hope for the future.

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Progressive Voices Top Story

Is the national resistance to Medicaid expansion starting to crack?

Survey of hold-out states indicates the Medicaid expansion debate has entered a new phase Across the states, the approach of an election year typically provides an excuse for policymakers to avoid taking on controversial and complex policy issues for fear of offending one side or the other.

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News Top Story

Monday numbers: A closer look at children in concentrated poverty

If you only look at the unemployment rate and the stock market, you probably think most families are faring well in this economy. But new data from the Census Bureau and the Annie E. Casey Foundation paints a troubling picture about the number of children who are living in concentrated poverty in our state. Concentrated poverty can be defined as a neighborhood where 30% or more of the population is living in poverty.

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Original Commentary Top Story

Friday Follies: The tangled tentacles of Trumpism

We’re now almost 33 months into the one of the darkest eras in American political history – a period during which the President of the United States has been essentially indistinguishable (in his mendacity, in his self-dealing, in his narcissistic self-importance, in his demands of absolute obsequiousness from underlings, and in his ignorance of, and disregard for, the rule of law) from an organized crime boss. The latest scandal...

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Progressive Voices Top Story

Trump’s trickledown scheme: Soaring debt, weak job growth, and huge windfalls for his rich friends

You can’t teach an old dog new lies. Two years ago, while stumping to give huge tax breaks to multinational corporations and stock market mavens, Trump administration officials made some bold claims. Team Trump foretold a soaring economy ...
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Defending Democracy Law and the Courts Top Story

It’s up to the court now: A redistricting update after the final round of filings

It’s a strikingly familiar tale in North Carolina: voters are waiting with bated breath for a court to either approve legislatively-drawn remedial House and Senate maps or to assign the job to a neutral third-party to correct unconstitutional ...
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Policy Watch Investigates Top Story

Equality advocates express concern, determination to fight on as high court weighs LGBTQ discrimination

This week, five years after a federal judge struck down North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage, the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up an issue that, for some, could be even more consequential for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender North Carolinians.

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Billy Ball Commentary Top Story

Latest Supreme Court battle a reminder that true LGBTQ equality is far from won

"The struggle for gay rights is over,” the writer James Kirchick wrote in The Atlantic in June. And just like that, you could almost smell the smoldering keyboards across the country.  I loathe sports metaphors, but if we were playing football, this headline still smacks of celebrating a touchdown on the opposing team’s 20-yard-line.

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Education Top Story

Superintendent candidates focus on racial equity at Raleigh education forum

As the proud owner of a new restaurant, Leonardo Williams surely had other things to do this past Saturday.  But there he was, taking notes and listening closely to six state superintendent candidates who want to replace Mark Johnson in the November 2020 General election. 

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