State Board of Education member and former NC Teacher of the Year James E. Ford discusses Racial Equity in Education.
A new study by the Center for Racial Equity and Education or CREED finds that students of color have diminished access to resources that affect their success – including advanced coursework, experienced teachers and the racial/ethnic matching of students and educators. Those factors not only impact how a student feels about their K-12 education, it can rob children of their full potential. James Ford is the executive Director of CREED and co-author of the study E(Race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools.
State Representative Marcia Morey discusses ‘Red Flag’ laws and other legislation that could curb gun violence, if only Republican legislative leaders will allow the bills to be heard
Democratic lawmakers in the North Carolina House and Senate are once again pushing for Republican leadership to consider gun-safety legislation in the aftermath of last week’s tragic mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. State Rep. Marcia Morey of Durham County joins us to discuss the two bills she is advocating for: House Bill 454 (Allow ERPOs to Save Lives & Prevent Suicides) and House Bill 86 (Gun Violence Prevention Act)
Suzanne Miller of NC Families for School Testing Reform on improving student literacy and the state’s new K-3 testing program
Suzanne Miller of NC Families for School Testing Reform joins us to discuss the controversy surrounding a multi-million dollar contract awarded by the State Superintendent to test children’s reading skills. Miller also discusses the testing landscape as families get ready for a new school year.
Samuel Gunter, executive director of the NC Housing Coalition, discusses the lack of affordable housing in our state
In no state, metropolitan area, or county in the U.S. can a worker earning the federal minimum wage afford a modest two-bedroom rental home working a standard 40-hour work week. In North Carolina, a worker would need to earn about 17 dollar an hour to afford that same two-bedroom apartment. In reality, more than 1-in-4 North Carolina households are cost-burdened, and pay at least 30% of their income for housing. We recently sat down with Samuel Gunter, executive director of the NC Housing Coalition to discuss the findings of a new national report, appropriately titled Out of Reach.
Policy Analyst Brendan Riley with the Health Advocacy Project discusses where things stands with Medicaid expansion in North Carolina and the serious consequences for states that have refused to take action
Learn more about the new working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
New research by Western Carolina University suggests it would be cheaper to purchase the threatened properties in North Topsail that are at greatest risk than to spend millions of dollars over 30 years trying to constantly protect the property through beach renourishment, sandbag walls, and other barriers. We talked to Andy Coburn with the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines about the findings, and what other coastal towns could learn from the research.
Senator Natasha Marcus discusses Governor Cooper’s compromise budget offer, a bailout for North Carolina’s rural, struggling hospitals, and investigating a cancer cluster in the Mecklenburg County area.
Brian Kennedy, policy analyst for the NC Budget & Tax Center Brian Kennedy, policy analyst for the NC Budget & Tax Center, discusses how North Carolina’s 100 counties are faring across key indicators of economic well-being and opportunity. Click here for the 2019 County Economic Snapshots.
NC State University Political Scientist Dr. Andy Taylor handicaps the 2020 Presidential race, top state contests and our chances for nonpartisan redistricting reform.