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Sen. Phil Berger sidesteps an inconvenient truth about NC teacher pay

Despite having voted to expand the economics and personal finance curriculum in the state’s high schools, North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger fails to apply basic principles of these subjects when touting supposed accomplishments in teacher pay in his November 25 op-ed in Raleigh’s News & Observer, “Yes, Republican tax policies are working in North Carolina.”

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Trump administration: Poor immigrants need not apply

Carlos came to the U.S. looking to provide a safer and more financially stable environment for his family. Like thousands of others, Carlos crossed the border out of necessity. His wife, and one of his young daughters, joined ...
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A 1960s population control organization rebranded in 2002. Now it’s recruiting UNC students.

Organization does good work to promote reproductive freedom, but it should disclose and disavow its troubling past and connections. Population Connection is the largest grassroots population organization in the United States, with over 40,000 members. In 2018, it celebrated its 50th anniversary. When it was founded in 1968, however...

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Teacher: 100 days in, Superintendent Mark Johnson still hasn’t turned over my public records request

Today marks 100 days since I filed an official request with the Department of Public Instruction to release records of communication related to NC Superintendent Mark Johnson’s Istation contract award. North Carolina public records law deems such records “property of the people,” and continued failure to furnish them may amount to a violation of state law.

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Law professor: NC Courts need the power to protect the state’s immigrants from unlawful detention

Yesterday, the North Carolina Supreme Court considered whether immigrants detained unlawfully under state law by state officials can challenge their detention in the state’s courts. The lower court previously said no, breaking with every other state in the ...
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Gerrymanderers: Seeing the light, or scared straight?

Perhaps the Republicans who control North Carolina’s General Assembly have finally gotten the message: their decade-long efforts to rig the state’s legislative and congressional voting district boundaries in their party’s favor simply won’t fly when challenged in the courts. Perhaps they’re starting to take seriously the views of those, including the N.C. Council of Churches, who have called for districts to be drawn via a process less susceptible to partisan abuse.

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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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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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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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The UN Climate Action Summit: What does “two degrees” of warming really mean for North Carolina?

On September 23rd, leaders from around the world met in New York for the UN Climate Action Summit. Four years ago, in Paris, it was agreed to limit global warming to less than two degrees Celsius to stave off dire consequences for our planet, but too little has changed since then. Now world leaders meet again to determine a new set of actions to avoid this daunting threshold. “Two degrees” of warming is a global number, and it doesn’t sound very big.

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Remembering and celebrating the life of a trailblazing feminist

"We are in it for the long haul” Jan Allen used to conclude her Lillian’s List events with this phrase, “we are in it for the long haul.” The audience understood because, like Jan, most of the people in attendance had been feminist activists for decades. Respected and dignified with a slight chip on her shoulder, Jan was a part of every modern wave of feminism in the United States.

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Climate crisis highlights the fight for environmental justice in NC

As activists and leaders from around the world travel to New York this week to rally global efforts to address the climate crisis, I’m reminded of our own state’s history-making contributions to the environmental cause. In 1982, Warren County sparked a movement when local residents of the poor, mostly African American community rose up to oppose the dumping of toxic chemicals in their neighborhoods.

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The future of North Carolina’s economy depends on climate action

Tandy Jones, a farmer and business owner of 36 years from Chatham County, wrote of climate change’s impact on his farm in a recent Op-Ed piece in the News & Observer: “With ever-changing conditions, it’s increasingly difficult to plan and prepare.”

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Active shooter drills are traumatizing our children

It’s September and America’s school children are back in class. They’re greeted every day with the usual staples of education in America: new classes and teachers, the latest and trendiest technology and school supplies followed shortly by relentless test taking. It is probable they will also be met with more recent school staples: active shooter drills and armed guards or police monitoring their hallways.

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Does money matter in public education? Let us count the ways.

Powerful new research confirms numerous benefits of substantially increasing public investments For decades, a debate raged in education policy circles: does money matter? While this question has definitively been answered by academics, it will undoubtedly be the subject of heated debate over the next year in North Carolina.   In June, court-appointed consultants submitted a much-anticipated report detailing how North Carolina can meet its constitutional requirement to provide a “sound, basic education” to all students.

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NC could be on a path to fairer maps and better government

If politics can be described as a contact sport, it’s perhaps fitting to say that when the Republicans who control North Carolina’s General Assembly went to court to defend the extreme gerrymandering that has helped keep them in power, they suffered no less than an epic beat-down. Three judges capped years of litigation with an explosive Sept. 3 ruling that scraps the current state House and Senate election district maps and requires them to be redrawn so they treat all voters...

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