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NC Policy Watch is happy to be participating in the upcoming events described below. Please spread the word and let us know if you’d like to help bring the tour to your town, 

North Carolina’s legislature is out of control — and it’s time to speak out and push back.

The legislature’s “midnight attack” on our state’s teachers in January revealed their willingness to ram through an extreme agenda, no matter what it takes. They continue to attack our voting rights, too, pushing for a discriminatory voter ID law, withholding funds for Early Voting, and more.

Please join us at a public forum about how these hard-line conservatives are turning back the clock, who’s bankrolling their agenda, and what it means for our lives.

Featured speakers (depending on location) include Read More

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One of the most interesting and ironic charges leveled by House Speaker Thom Tillis and the other defenders of the secret legislative session the other morning is the assertion that the NC Association of Educators is “an arm of the Democratic Party.”

But, of course, as NCAE Government Relations manager Brian Lewis noted the other day, Read More

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…read the Charlotte Observer editorial on the legislative secret session

Here’s the excellent conclusion:

“‘The whole affair should be “a learning experience,’ Tillis said.

It’s a learning experience, all right. The voters of North Carolina have learned a lot about how underhanded this particular crop of legislative leaders can be, and that they scoff at the notion of transparency.”

 

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Flanked by teachers holding signs that read “I will not be silenced” and “NCAE will not be bullied” spokespeople for the North Carolina Association of Educators told press conference attendees today that the organization will bring a lawsuit shortly challenging the legality of the General Assembly’s hastily convened overnight secret session as well as the substance of the only bill considered therein — a measure to revoke the ability of NCAE members to have their dues deducted from their state paychecks.

NCAE President Sheri Strickland explained that her organization “will not be intimidated” by what she descrbed as an act that was clearly designed to single out and target NCAE members because of their organization’s advocacy in opposition to budget cuts for public education. Read More