Thinking About Those Who Represent Us – the NC Senate Unpacking Data Weekly Insight

Like many 11-year olds, my morning ritual involved poring over the sports page to see how many points Michael Jordan averaged, who was leading the American League in batting average, and the latest in the Winston Cup points margin.  To this day, I can still share more random facts about ACC basketball in the late 80s and early 90s than almost anything else. … Full story »

Thinking About Those Who Represent Us – An Introduction Weekly Insight

The work of 20th century sociologist Vilifredo Pareto introduced the idea of “elites” and studied their role in politics and society. One of his theories was that leadership cycles between “foxes,” who lead towards decentralization, plurality, and skepticism, and “lions,” who emphasize nationalism, established ways, and hierarchical structures.  I revisited Parteo’s theories through a recent article by Hugo Drochon in the New Statesman, spurring a reflection on political theory.  … Full story »

First Lady Kristin Cooper discusses child hunger Reach NC Voices

Annika Conrad is one of the talented team members working on the Reach NC Voices project. Please share your thoughts on the issues we are exploring through the EdNC chatbot at the bottom of the article. Your opinions will be amplified throughout North Carolina. First Lady Kristin Cooper spoke on February 22nd at the 2017 No Child Hunger Leaders Conference at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.… Full story »

One educator’s experience with school food Reach NC Voices

Annika Conrad is one of the talented team members working on the Reach NC Voices project. Please share your thoughts on the issues that we are exploring through the EdNC chatbot at the bottom of the article. Your opinions will be amplified throughout North Carolina. Growing up, school lunch was pretty simple.… Full story »

In education, a question of authority Education

Lawmakers at a joint appropriations education committee meeting Tuesday asked many questions of state education leaders but hinted at a bigger question: who has authority over the Department of Public Instruction and, more broadly, over all of the state’s schools?  Both State Board of Education Chair Billy Cobey and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson presented at the meeting.… Full story »

The Reach NC Voices chatbot lives Reach NC Voices

Chatbots are an emerging media innovation that show promise for increasing two-way engagement between organizations and their audience. It is a tool that will help us live up to the promise of two-way communication that is the blueprint for our EdNC Architecture of Participation. Initial versions of bots first showed up on social media, allowing Facebook pages to automate their interactions with members.… Full story »

Unpacking bureaucracy: Training public workers Weekly Insight What's Working

The public’s relationship with government bureaucracy is complicated. We simultaneously expect everything and nothing. Government bureaucracy is often a punchline. On good days it is the butt of our jokes. On bad days it is the scapegoat for our frustrations. Yet, like with most punchlines, bureaucracy is the target because it is complicated.… Full story »

Meet your latest Facebook friend Reach NC Voices

Facebook can be used for many things. Sharing photos of your kids. Commenting on the latest meme. Watching cooking videos. The list goes on. And now it can be used to tell us your opinion on the issues. Opinions that we will use to shape our coverage and therefore shape the policy debates facing our state.… Full story »

House committee considers funding formula task force legislation Government

The House K-12 Education Committee considered legislation Tuesday that would create a task force to look at the possibility of changing the way education funds are distributed in the state.  The idea was originally broached in a Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, which met prior to the long session. The draft legislation that came out of that committee would have formed a task force to consider changing the current funding formula from one that relies on allotments to one that is determined using a weighted-student formula. … Full story »

A New Chapter Weekly Insight

I moved back to North Carolina in 2005 after being away for a few years. My first full-time job back in our state was working for a public policy shop at UNC-Chapel Hill called the Program on Public Life.  Led by EdNC contributor Ferrel Guillory, the Program on Public Life sought to be a broker of research – to synthesize the work product from the universities and to frame it for the folks making decisions in Raleigh and Washington.… Full story »