Governor Pat McCrory has not announced when he will formally release his budget blueprint, but he did share a few highlights at an elementary school in Charlotte this morning.  And as you can imagine, teacher compensation is one of the top trending stories on Jones Street today.

Here are more of the tweets that have folks buzzing this afternoon – including a special birthday greeting for Dr. Seuss!:


Commentary, News

1. Senate leaders push to legalize discrimination 

This was a remarkable week indeed at the General Assembly.  It is now clear that legislation supported by Senate leaders would allow public employees to refuse to provide state services based on race. That startling fact arose in a debate over a bill sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger that would [Continue Reading…]

2. Public money for private schools: Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of vouchers

State Supreme Court justices refused to let a surprise snowstorm force yet another rescheduling of arguments in the private school voucher case, opening the courtroom on time Tuesday morning to a less-than-full gallery. Determined to resolve challenges to the state’s recently enacted “Opportunity Scholarship Program” long before the next school year begins, the [Continue Reading…]

3. Healthcare system meltdown?

If conservative ideologues prevail at next week’s U.S. Supreme Court argument, the results could be catastrophic Thirty-five years ago, Hollywood made the American public aware of something called “The China Syndrome” – a vivid and terrifying descriptive term for the potentially devastating consequences of a runaway nuclear reactor. In 1986 at Chernobyl, [Continue Reading…]

4. The A-F school grades endgame: Improving public schools or paving the way for charters?

When North Carolina launched its new A-F school grading system in early February, the cacophony of cries that came with it centered on the stigma and inequity inherent in labeling schools with letter grades. High poverty schools whose students are at a disadvantage when it comes to standardized tests received D’s and F’s; wealthier schools [Continue Reading…]

5. UNC Board of Governors eliminates poverty center, student protests disrupt meeting

The University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors opted Friday to eliminate an academic center concentrated on poverty and run by a controversial professor.

The Board of Governors, meeting on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, voted unanimously to accept recommendations to shut down three centers on three different campuses – the Center for Biodiversity at East Carolina University, the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at N.C. Central University and the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at UNC-Chapel Hill. [Continue Reading…]


Bog-protester2Today’s top trending story is the decision by the UNC Board of Governors to close three university-based centers, including the Center on Work, Poverty and Opportunity at UNC Chapel Hill. Also on the chopping block: N.C. Central University’s Institute for Civic Engagement and the East Carolina University’s Center for Biodiversity.

The unanimous vote came amid some very vocal protests by college students in the audience.

If you missed Friday’s hearing in Charlotte, here are some of the top tweets:



*** Editor’s note: Policy Watch reporter Sarah Ovaska was at today’s meeting at UNC-Charlotte where the Board of Governors made their decision. She will have a full story on today’s developments and reaction coming-up this afternoon on the Progressive Pulse.***


‘I have no words to match the gratitude I feel for the astonishing support the Poverty Center has Gene Nicholreceived, in recent weeks, from thousands across North Carolina and the nation. Students, faculty, alumni, engaged citizens, activists, social services providers, political, religious and institutional leaders, and perhaps most movingly, Tar Heels living at or below the edge of poverty have raised their voices and banners in protest. Whether pressing for research on economic justice, or, more broadly, for university-defining traditions of academic freedom, their words and actions have seared my heart and, not infrequently, moistened my eyes. They are not to be forgotten.’


226Tricky road conditions and thousands without power are the top stories of the day across North Carolina. But what else is trending?  Stories about the confirmation of  NC native Loretta Lynch, Senator Thom Tillis, funding for  the UNC system, net neutrality, and a pretty interesting poll about which political parties trust which media outlets by the folks at PPP.

Here are a few of today’s top tweets: