Alanna Joyner

Short-staffed, overworked, low wages. Many educators and families are impacted from the state’s decades long neglect.

By Alanna Joyner / October 7, 2021 / Comments Off on Short-staffed, overworked, low wages. Many educators and families are impacted from the state’s decades long neglect.

In the few days since it’s launch, the T.R.U.E portal has received over 150 comments from educators, students and parents across the state. Testimonials ranging from teacher assistants filling in for bus drivers, no doors in classrooms to teachers overworking past school hours. An educator having to teach 27 students packed into a dirty little…

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NC school children deserve better than childish excuses

By Alanna Joyner / October 6, 2021 / Comments Off on NC school children deserve better than childish excuses

On Tuesday, the Wake County Board of Education approved a resolution urging North Carolina lawmakers to fund the more than $5.6 billion education plan ordered by a state court. The board’s decision adds to a growing list of officials and boards pushing for the Republican-led legislation to comply with meeting its constitutional obligation to ensure…

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Progress North Carolina Action Launches the T.R.U.E. Report Portal

By Alanna Joyner / September 29, 2021 / Comments Off on Progress North Carolina Action Launches the T.R.U.E. Report Portal

Today, Progress NC Action launched the True Reporting of Underfunding Education (T.R.U.E.) Portal, a website for parents, educators, and community leaders to submit testimonies of challenges facing our cash-strapped schools.  For years, the Republican-led legislature has systematically violated the constitutional rights of children across the state by failing to provide a sound basic education as…

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NC Lawmakers Are Ignoring the Disrepair in Public Schools

By Alanna Joyner / September 28, 2021 / Comments Off on NC Lawmakers Are Ignoring the Disrepair in Public Schools

The message amplified on Tuesday by Gov. Roy Cooper and the state Commission on a Sound Basic Education mirrored the court order laid out by a Superior Court Judge; the state must fully implement the Leandro Comprehensive Remedial Plan. While several school districts are experiencing staff shortages, failing air conditioners, undrinkable water, crumbling buildings and…

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Citizens are speaking up to legislators. Adopt non-partisan redistricting now

By Alanna Joyner / September 22, 2021 / Comments Off on Citizens are speaking up to legislators. Adopt non-partisan redistricting now

With eight out of the 13 public hearings on redistricting completed, North Carolinians are sending a strong message to legislators, particularly Republicans; we need a fair, inclusive and transparent redistricting process. Historically, Republicans have consolidated power through voter suppression laws and gerrymandering — making it difficult for Black and Brown North Carolinians to cast their…

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Time for GOP-leaders to drop irresponsible rhetoric, racially-motivated voter ID laws

By Alanna Joyner / September 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Time for GOP-leaders to drop irresponsible rhetoric, racially-motivated voter ID laws

On Friday, a state court struck down North Carolina’s voter ID law noting that the Republican-backed law, “was motivated at least in part by an unconstitutional intent to target African American voters.” In the Holmes v. Moore case, two of the three trial judges declared the December 2018 law unconstitutional — making it the second…

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Roasts, Critics and More Populates Lt. Gov. Robinson’s Task Force Submissions

By Alanna Joyner / September 16, 2021 / Comments Off on Roasts, Critics and More Populates Lt. Gov. Robinson’s Task Force Submissions

In March, Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson launched his very own right-wing outrage driven initiative dubbed F.A.C.T.S. (“Fairness and Accountability for Teachers and Students)”. Mirroring the controversial steps taken by Joe McCarthy, Robinson touts the task force’s website as a tool to snuff out indoctrination that is occurring in North Carolina’s classrooms.  As one veteran public…

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Redistricting started in North Carolina. Here’s how to get involved

By Alanna Joyner / September 14, 2021 / Comments Off on Redistricting started in North Carolina. Here’s how to get involved

Last week kicked off the first bout of public hearings on redistricting, which will redefine the boundaries of congressional and legislative districts for the next ten years. Lawmakers are traveling to 13 locations throughout the state, giving North Carolinians a chance to protect their communities’ representation by demanding fair maps. Historically, politicians have manipulated the…

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Comply with the Constitution.’ Judge gives NC a deadline to increase school funding

By Alanna Joyner / September 13, 2021 / Comments Off on Comply with the Constitution.’ Judge gives NC a deadline to increase school funding

A North Carolina judge is giving state lawmakers until mid-October to fully fund a plan for improving public education or else he’ll take direct action. Last week, Superior Court Judge David Lee (Republican) stated that he was “very disheartened” that the proposed budgets of the state House and Senate are funding a small part of…

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Parents shelling out cash to add COVID-19 safety in classrooms while millions in federal funds are unspent

By Alanna Joyner / September 8, 2021 / Comments Off on Parents shelling out cash to add COVID-19 safety in classrooms while millions in federal funds are unspent

After a year of unimaginable challenges for families across our state, parents are filling the void left by Republican legislators in ensuring their students and educators have the adequate resources for success in the new school year.  In the past few weeks, thousands of Wake County moms and dads have dedicated themselves to providing COVID…

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