School uniforms required after forced privatization of Ashpole Elementary

Because apparently "choice" is only an option for parents and not students:

Eric Hall, Superintendent for the ISD, added, “In addition to fostering a sense of community and school spirit, student uniforms will help make mornings easier for families by eliminating discussions about what to wear from morning routines; relieve school staff from administering school dress codes, reduce the potential for teasing with regards to a student’s attire, and they’re economical.”

Wait, I thought charter schools were supposed to be an incubator for creative thought, a radical shift away from the "conformity" of the factory-styled public school model, a monument to freedom of thought, a paradigmatic shift...You're right, I'm being facetious. The school choice movement has nothing to do with innovation, and everything to do with social engineering and money-making. Expecting them to operate in the way they've promised in order to sell their destructive policies is an exercise in futility. Also, we'll see how "economical" those uniforms are going down the road. Parents will be buying replacements before Halloween rolls around.

Why VOTE AGAINST Republican constitutional amendments?

Because we have to protect our NC Constitution.

  1. Republicans are playing games again. They’ve put six amendments on the ballot that will undermine the integrity of our most cherished legal document. And it's all for political gain.
  2. Not a single one of the amendments are necessary. All could be addressed through simple legislation. There’s no need whatsoever to amend the Constitution. Every living North Carolina governor agrees.
  3. This is a power play, pure and simple. So-called leaders in the General Assembly want to turn out the Republican base and weaken the other two branches of government. Republicans don’t like Governor Cooper and they don’t like the courts, so they’re trying to take over everything.

We all want to be informed voters. But in this case, we don’t have to spend a minute thinking about these amendments. Each and every one of them will damage our Constitution. That’s wrong.

Vote AGAINST all six amendments.

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Saturday News: Systematic destruction

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ENROLLMENT IN TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAS DROPPED TO 80% DUE TO PRIVATIZATION CRUSADE: Enrollment in the state’s traditional public schools has fallen each year since the 2014-15 school year, dropping by 14,293 students in that time period. At the same time, charter schools added 31,199 students. Newly released state figures show that during that same three-year period, enrollment in homeschools went up by 28,896 students and private schools gained 4,516 students. Private school enrollment had been on the decline before the voucher program was created. The enrollment disparity was particularly sharp during the 2017-18 school year, when traditional public schools lost 6,011 students from the prior year even as charter schools, homeschools and private schools combined added 18,093 students.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article214708040.html

Donald Trump is putting North Carolina out of business

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Still waiting for all the "winning" to happen:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says $1.1 billion in North Carolina exports are threatened by a trade war, including a half-billion dollars worth of exports to Canada and $350 million to China.

Tariffs are impacting not only businesses, builders and growers but consumers who will see higher prices for things like appliances, cars and houses. Multimillion-dollar projects are in danger of being postponed or canceled.

I've never been a fan of "completely" free trade. The truth is, there are over a billion unemployed or seriously under-employed people worldwide, and American workers could easily be swallowed up and replaced in that formula. But you have to approach trade policy like a surgeon, carefully cutting and stitching, and not blasting it with a sawed-off shotgun like Trump is doing. The ripple effect of unintended consequences can be devastating to businesses:

Friday News: Patriarchy fail

NC GOP LITERALLY GOES INTO BEDROOM OF JENNIFER MANGRUM TO BLOCK HER CANDIDACY: Democratic member Stella Anderson said the lower panel was preoccupied with Mangrum's personal life, raising questions a male candidate wouldn't face. "The concern [was] with whether or not she was legally separated, whether she was going to reconcile, going back to Greensboro to spend time with her daughter, her motives," Anderson said. Mangrum said she was sorry the vote wasn't unanimous. "The challenger walked through my home, pretending to be someone else," she said of Cushman. "People are tired of this – I call it creepy, this creepy political game. After the first appeal, he said to me, 'Nothing personal.' It is personal." Lawyers for Cushman didn't say whether they plan to appeal the state board's ruling in court.
https://www.wral.com/state-elections-board-puts-berger-challenger-back-on-ballot/17693700/

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is Dangerous for North Carolina

North Carolinians for a Fair Economy sent out this email on Kavanaugh. He's a threat to any North Carolinian with a preexisting condition or who rely on the Affordable Care Act for health insurance.

JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH’S NOMINATION IS A THREAT
TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS

Lifetime Appointment Will Turn US Supreme Court To The Extreme Right For a Generation

Residents with GenX-tainted wells not happy with carbon filtration fix

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They say Chemours needs to connect them with city water instead:

Two residents participating in a pilot study that is testing whether water filter systems can remove GenX and similar contaminants say they prefer municipal water lines. The residents — Mike Watters and Fran Minshew — said they made the decision after seeing test results Chemours sent to the state Department of Environmental Quality. Their homes are among six with the granular-activated carbon filtration systems.

Chemours has offered to install the filter systems at homes with wells that have GenX levels above the state’s provisional health goal for the compound. Thus far, the state has said the filters would not be approved as a long-term solution.

This is (of course) typical of how most private corporations approach remedial actions when they contaminate water wells. Trying to avoid the expense of running water lines to these people, they use these on-site "fixes" as a test program, and they get to run the tests. When have you ever heard one of these companies say, "Oh, this is not working like we'd hoped."? Exactly, never. And these folks are also worried about continued support from Chemours going down the road, because apparently the filtration systems need a lot of maintenance:

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