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Education Matters – State Budget Veto Override

In a stunning move last week that sent shockwaves across the political landscape here in North Carolina and nationally, the Republican majority in the NC House overrode Governor Cooper’s veto of the state budget with nearly half of the 120 House members absent, mostly...

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Education Matters – When “A” Means Affluent

Topic: When “A” Means AffluentLast week the NC Department of Public Instruction released its annual A-F School Performance Grades for the state’s public schools and they continue to reflect a clear relationship between poverty and student test scores. This week on the...

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Education Matters – Trauma-Informed Schools

Topic: Trauma-Informed Schools We know that Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs can lead to long-term health issues as adults, but we’re just beginning to understand the impact trauma has on a child’s ability to learn during the critical early years in school. The...

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Education Matters – Innovative Public Schools

Topic: Innovative Public Schools While school choice and education privatization efforts grab headlines and generate a great deal of activity at the NC General Assembly, a wide array of innovative and transformative efforts are quietly underway in public school...

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Education Matters – One-on-One with Governor Roy Cooper

Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the budget passed by the NC General Assembly on June 28th and offered up a counter proposal a week later. Now more than a month has passed and the General Assembly has yet to bring a veto override vote to the floor and publicly there seems...

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Education Matters – State Health Plan Standoff

Topic: State Health Plan Standoff The North Carolina State Health Plan is managed by the State Treasurer of North Carolina Dale Folwell. His office has been engaged in a bitter battle with the state’s hospitals and healthcare networks over pricing and the contract...

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Education Matters – State Budget Showdown

Topic: State Budget ShowdownJust one day after the General Assembly passed a new state budget, Governor Roy Cooper announced he was vetoing it, citing lack of investment in public education and failure to expand Medicaid to provide health coverage for low income North...

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Education Matters – North Carolina Rock Star Teachers

Topic:  North Carolina Rock Star Teachers The State of North Carolina is fortunate to be home to thousands of exceptional public school teachers. In fact North Carolina leads the nation in the percentage of Nationally Board Certified teachers, the gold standard for...

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Education Matters – The E-Cigarette Epidemic and Students

Topic:  The e-cigarette epidemic and studentsE-cigarettes, Vaping. Juuling. Whatever you know it by, their use is skyrocketing among students. Last week North Carolina became the first state in the country to file a lawsuit against popular e-cigarette maker Juul Labs...

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