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The hidden budget provision to kill sex ed in North Carolina

The hidden budget provision to kill sex ed in North Carolina

 By Kris Nordstrom, NC Policy Watch Anyone who has spent much time around the General Assembly is familiar with Alan Hoyle, even if they might not know the name. Hoyle is a Lincolnton, NC street preacher. But around Raleigh, he’s most notable for circling the General Assembly in his red truck adorned with anti-gay messaging, […]

Report: More than 60% of NC 4th Graders Not Proficient in Reading

Report: More than 60% of NC 4th Graders Not Proficient in Reading

North Carolina’s child population has increased by 42% since 1990, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. RALEIGH, N.C. — More than 60% of the state’s fourth-graders are not proficient in reading, according to a new report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Experts say lack of investment in […]

NC Nature Group Provides Outdoor Opportunities for People of Color

NC Nature Group Provides Outdoor Opportunities for People of Color

One group in North Carolina is focused on inclusion and diversity in hiking, camping and other outdoor activities. (Nina Rodriguez/Issa Vibe Adventures) CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A nature group in North Carolina is leading hikes and other outdoor activities this summer for people of color. Ali Steele, along with a few friends, started Issa Vibe Adventures a few […]

Lake Lure Classical Academy Approved for Accreditation

Lake Lure Classical Academy Approved for Accreditation

LAKE LURE — AdvancED Global Commission on June 19, 2019 notified Lake Lure Classical Academy that it had been approved for accreditation. Using a set of rigorous research-based standards and evidence based criteria, AdvancED Performance Accreditation examines the whole institution – the policies, programs, practices, learning conditions and cultural context – to determine how well […]

NC disabled veterans could benefit if student debt forgiven automatically

NC disabled veterans could benefit if student debt forgiven automatically

BY QUASHON AVENT, Carolina Public Press Retired Army National Guard Sgt. Mark Green of Fayetteville recounts the mounting anxiety that he lived with while he transitioned out of the military, with the need of a job suitable to his physical limitations after being injured during his service. Student loan debt became a burden even though […]

Despite local opposition, N.C. charter board clears two new Wake County schools

Despite local opposition, N.C. charter board clears two new Wake County schools

By Greg Childress, NC POLICY WATCH The state Charter School Advisory Board (CSAB) on Monday unanimously stood by its approval of two charters in Wake County, despite public opposition from leaders in North Carolina’s largest school district. CSAB members said Wake officials’ concerns about Wake County Preparatory Academy and North Raleigh Charter Academy reflect “philosophical” […]

Police Train to Be ‘Social Workers of Last Resort’

Police Train to Be ‘Social Workers of Last Resort’

PEW TRUST —STATELINE ARTICLE By: Matt Vasilogambros Topics: Justice,Health & Demographics BURIEN, Wash. — More than 200 police recruits in black uniforms and tight haircuts turn in unison, marching toward the flagpole on a sunny May morning at the Washington state training center next to SeaTac Airport. Before they say the Pledge of Allegiance, they drop to the concrete and […]

Pittman appointed to NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Pittman appointed to NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individual to the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching: •    Julie Paige Pittman of Rutherfordton as representative from Education District 8. Pittman has been an English teacher at Rutherford County Schools since 2003. Before becoming a public-school teacher, she held teaching positions at UNC-CH, Rutgers University, New York […]

New law adds Overmountain Victory State & Wilderness Gateway Trails to State Park System

New law adds Overmountain Victory State & Wilderness Gateway Trails to State Park System

RALEIGH — NC Governor Roy Cooper signed a bill into law adding two new hiking trials to the state park system – the current federal Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail and a yet-built state Wilderness Gateway Trail. (See the details in the ratified bill presented below.) The Battle of Kings Mountain was a pivotal event […]

Seeking changes for workers in NC with disabilities

Seeking changes for workers in NC with disabilities

BY ELIZA LAUBACH, Carolina Public Press De’Rodre Hill scans bar codes on storage bins at Mission Health materials management in Asheville. Hill performed this task as part of his participation in a 2018-19 Arc of North Carolina training internship, which helps workers with disabilities find integrated jobs with competitive pay. Photo courtesy of Arc of […]

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