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Five things to have on your radar this week

#1 – Activists who have staged weekly protests outside Senator Thom Tillis’
office in Raleigh for nearly a year brave the frigid temps and return today at 11:30 am to express their outrage at his vote in favor of the GOP tax bill.

Learn more about their ongoing protests here.

#2 – The North Carolina State Board of Education holds its first meeting of 2018 on Wednesday. Members will receive a special presentation from University of North Carolina System President Margaret Spellings on Thursday morning.

Education reporter Billy Ball will be live tweeting the Board’s monthly meeting. Agendas for both days can be found here.

#3 – The Senate Select Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting meets Wednesday afternoon at 1:00pm. It appears Democratic Committee members will finally be able to present their ideas on redistricting and alternative methods of judicial selection.

Policy Watch’s Melissa Boughton will be covering this meeting.

#4 – The House Select Committee on North Carolina River Quality picks up where it left off on Thursday morning. Representative Ted Davis presides over the meeting as lawmakers determine how to protect North Carolina’s waterways from GenX and other emerging contaminants. The committee gets underway at 9:30am in Room 643 of the Legislative Office Building.

#5 – On Saturday, Save Our Schools! is holding a rally from 1:00-3:00pm on the Halifax Mall behind the Legislature, to encourage the General Assembly to repeal the class size mandate law when it reconvenes for its special session on January 10, and to make a long-term commitment to increase per-pupil spending.

Speakers will include teachers, students and representatives from public education advocacy groups from across North Carolina. Learn more about that event here.

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