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Heir Art Pope now on UNC Board of Governors

Sometimes, you have to wonder how Art Pope — a wealthy heir to a chain of lower rung retail stores and North Carolina’s preeminent funder of conservative political causes — lets it be known to the leaders of the political party he’s long helped underwrite that he’s ready for a new gig. Does he drop […]

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State leaders released health guidelines Monday for K-12 schools in anticipation of sending children back to in-person instruction.

Gov. Roy Cooper and others unveiled a list of requirements and recommendations once schools are allowed to reopen under one of three plans. The degree to which they reopen depends on the state’s data behind the COVID-19 pandemic, including new infections, contact tracing capabilities, hospitalizations and other metrics. Cooper said the health guidance, which all K-12 schools […]

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State Board of Ed urged to jettison firm hired as part of controversial Innovative School District scheme

By Greg Childress– NC POLICY WATCH  ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Greg Childress, Education Reporter, joined Policy Watch in December 2018 after nearly 30 years at The Herald-Sun of Durham, where he spent his last five years covering the Durham Public Schools, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County Schools. Greg also covered city and county governments in Durham […]

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Faculty, students skeptical as UNC-Chapel Hill prepares to reopen in August

By Joe Killian , NC POLICY WATCH UNC-Chapel Hill Bell Tower. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) At the end of an hour-long question-and-answer session with UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, English professor Florence Dore said what many faculty were thinking about a planned return to campus Aug. 10. “All the data suggest people are going […]

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Governor Cooper Highlights Innovative Safety Training Program for Restaurants, Other Businesses

Count on Me NC provides free online training to protect customers and employees in Phase 2 and beyond Raleigh May 22, 2020 Today, Governor Roy Cooper and Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services were joined by North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA) President and CEO Lynn Minges to highlight Count […]

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Parents, civil rights groups challenge town charter school districts

 By Greg Childress, NC POLICY WATCH  The plaintiffs, who filed the complaint in Wake County Superior Court against the State of North Carolina, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger, contend the law “violates the state’s constitutional guarantees of a uniform system of free public education, and equal protection under the law.”Parents, civil rights […]

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*Advocate or Adversary……..You Decide.

04/26/2020 Our local Health Department (Foothills Health District) has decided to let businesses and organizations self identify if they have a Covid-19 situation. (click link here) Most people feel that this is not serving in the best interest of the general public and if officials will not inform the public of a potential health threat […]

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Report Underscores Role of State Policy in Broadband Expansion

Availability of high-speed, reliable internet can help address pressing needs such as access to distance learning and telehealth services By: Kathryn de Wit & Dan Kitson Topics: Infrastructure & U.S. State Policy Projects: Broadband Research Read time: 3 min Report Underscores Role of State Policy in Broadband ExpansionThe coronavirus outbreak has made the need for broadband expansion clear. News reports have focused on the homework […]

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Pandemic at-home learning without reliable internet service

APRIL 8, 2020, BY KELLY HINCHCLIFFE, Carolina Public Press Many school systems across North Carolina are putting buses to use to help bridge the gap when internet service to students’ homes is lousy or nonexistent. Some are using buses to deliver homework packets. Others are setting up buses as mobile hotspots. Photo courtesy of Macon County […]

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Local GOP disavows Bostic PAC Postcard Mailing

The local GOP website,, has provided  a response to the DraintheSwampConservatives secretative mailing showing preferences to one GOP primary candidate over another. There have also been allegations once again of personnel at the local GOP Headquarters handing out sample ballots with these same selections already marked. Same dirty unethical tricks that have been done […]