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New report shows NC teacher turnover is rising

By Alanna Joyner / March 9, 2022 / Comments Off on New report shows NC teacher turnover is rising

According to a new report, the rate of North Carolina teachers retiring or leaving their job increased last year. Compared to the previous year, more than 600 teachers left their teaching job in the state.  Although the attrition rate is well within what the state Department of Public Instruction thinks is average, several long-standing unmet…

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Supreme Court denies NC GOP challenges to congressional maps

By Alanna Joyner / March 8, 2022 / Comments Off on Supreme Court denies NC GOP challenges to congressional maps

Monday brought a significant victory for North Carolina voters, as the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request by Republicans challenging the state’s congressional map.  The request comes after the state Supreme Court’s approval of state Senate and House maps and the special expert drawn Congressional map – throwing out Republican’s old congressional map that would…

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As maps fall, GOP tries to neutralize state supreme courts

By Alanna Joyner / March 2, 2022 / Comments Off on As maps fall, GOP tries to neutralize state supreme courts

Just days following the state Supreme Court’s approval of state Senate and House maps and the special expert drawn Congressional map, state Republicans are attempting to bring back their unconstitutional maps.  In a last ditch effort, state Republicans asked the U.S. Supreme Court to restore their old map, which would give Republican candidates clear advantages…

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Education advocates rally after Lt. Governor calls for banning certain books

By Alanna Joyner / March 1, 2022 / Comments Off on Education advocates rally after Lt. Governor calls for banning certain books

On Monday, educators, parents, and elected officials called out state Republicans efforts to censor educators and erase the Black experience from American history taught to our children amid Black History Month. Throughout February, Progress North Carolina Action asked North Carolinians which banned books state Republican leaders needed to review to be reminded of who we…

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Poll Shows Most Americans Disagree With Republican’s Campaign To Ban Books And Censor Discussions On Race

By Alanna Joyner / February 25, 2022 / Comments Off on Poll Shows Most Americans Disagree With Republican’s Campaign To Ban Books And Censor Discussions On Race

A CBS-YouGov poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans surveyed reject the idea of banning books about history or race, and believe that teaching about the history of race in America makes students understand what others went through. 85% of Americans don’t support banning books from schools if they contain political ideas they disagree…

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North Carolina Supreme Court Approves New Voting Maps for 2022 Election

By Alanna Joyner / February 24, 2022 / Comments Off on North Carolina Supreme Court Approves New Voting Maps for 2022 Election

Late last night, the state Supreme Court approved state Senate and House maps and unanimously rejected the gerrymandered Congressional map – choosing one drawn by a special expert.  The newly drawn congressional map, crafted through a bipartisan effort, is an improvement over the GOP’s original map while the state legislative voting districts remain skewed towards…

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North Carolina Lawmakers Eye Path to Long-Awaited Medicaid Expansion

By Alanna Joyner / February 22, 2022 / Comments Off on North Carolina Lawmakers Eye Path to Long-Awaited Medicaid Expansion

On Friday, a newly formed committee met to discuss Medicaid expansion amid nursing shortages and struggling rural hospitals around the state. The new panel of state lawmakers studying the potential for an expansion of health care access to the more than 500,000 North Carolinians who don’t have health insurance comes after decades of stalemates surrounding…

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Amid the GOP’s attack on public education, lawmakers have some reading to do.

By Alanna Joyner / February 16, 2022 / Comments Off on Amid the GOP’s attack on public education, lawmakers have some reading to do.

During Black History Month, Republicans are pushing to erase the Black experience from American history taught to students. Across the nation, including in North Carolina, Republicans have campaigned for the censorship of hundreds of books that highlight race, gender, and sexual orientation – with 35 states introducing bills or have taken steps to censor how…

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NC lawmakers, voting groups have one week to submit new election maps.

By Alanna Joyner / February 15, 2022 / Comments Off on NC lawmakers, voting groups have one week to submit new election maps.

Friday marks the final day for lawmakers to submit new voting maps. This comes after a state Supreme Court order that designated the GOP-controlled legislature to redraw political maps, as the current maps were found to be unconstitutional. The current voting maps have been found to give Republican candidates clear advantages in 10 of 14…

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Before Rosa Parks, Sarah Keys refused to back down.

By Alanna Joyner / February 14, 2022 / Comments Off on Before Rosa Parks, Sarah Keys refused to back down.

Before Rosa Parks made history by refusing to give up her bus seat, Sarah Keys did the same.  On August 1, 1952, the young Army private traveling to Washington, North Carolina, refused to give up her seat on an interstate bus for a white Marine. From NCPedia: Sarah Keys decided to stay seated to defend…

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