Education

NC Republican Judge reduces required funding amount for education

By Alanna Joyner / April 26, 2022 / Comments Off on NC Republican Judge reduces required funding amount for education

According to a state court ruling on Tuesday, North Carolina still owes its public schools millions of dollars towards education spending. Reaffirming Superior Court Judge David Lee’s order, Judge Michael Robinson found that the newly passed state budget falls short in funding the plan to resolve the decades-long Leandro education case.  However, the Republican judge…

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Republicans have pushed for almost 1,600 book bans in public schools

By Alanna Joyner / April 12, 2022 / Comments Off on Republicans have pushed for almost 1,600 book bans in public schools

Across the nation, Republicans’ campaign to censor books that highlight race, gender, and sexual orientation have resulted in nearly 1,600 books banned in the past nine months, according to a new report. The report from PEN America, found from July 2021 to the end of March this year, more than 1,586 books were banned in…

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Leandro school funding case continues this week

By Alanna Joyner / April 11, 2022 / Comments Off on Leandro school funding case continues this week

The next hearing for Leandro is set for tomorrow at 9 a.m., and will mark the latest update in the longstanding school funding case after groups filed briefs ahead of this week’s court hearing. The upcoming hearing comes also after Justice Paul Newby ordered the removal of Superior Court Judge David Lee from overseeing the…

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NC Republicans’ efforts in courts continue to undermine our judicial system

By Alanna Joyner / April 1, 2022 / Comments Off on NC Republicans’ efforts in courts continue to undermine our judicial system

For years, North Carolina Republican legislators have passed numerous laws that serve to undermine our judiciary and place judges on the bench that will adhere to their colleagues’ bidding. Historically, the judiciary branch of our government has been enshrined in impartiality and a commitment to fairness since our nation’s founding. Yet, the latest Republican efforts…

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Moral Mondays returns to Raleigh, advocates and community members push for change

By Alanna Joyner / March 29, 2022 / Comments Off on Moral Mondays returns to Raleigh, advocates and community members push for change

On Monday, faith leaders and community activists in Raleigh gathered together to push lawmakers to enact policies that center the demands of poor and low-wealth North Carolinians.  The Moral Monday revival is part of a national movement leading up to a major march in the nation’s capital on June 18, the “Mass Poor People’s and…

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NC Republicans’ politicization of the courts shown clear in Leandro case developments

By Alanna Joyner / March 23, 2022 / Comments Off on NC Republicans’ politicization of the courts shown clear in Leandro case developments

After 28 years, North Carolina’s landmark Leandro case is once again back in the state Supreme Court. In a ruling late Monday night, the North Carolina Supreme Court agreed to hear the latest litigation in the school funding case that began in 1994.  Since the state Supreme Court’s ruling in 1994, which found that the…

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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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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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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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