A ripple and then a wave: Real people, real stories lead to change Reach NC Voices

Real stories touch people. Real stories reach people. Real stories educate, motivate, and inspire. EdNC’s Reach NC Voices is a new way for you to share your story with our state. Reach NC Voices inspired me to tell this story. A story beautiful in its complex simplicity. A real story about a real person.… Full story »

Rural matters Rural

This article is just a starting point for a conversation we want to have about rural North Carolina. We gathered some data, looked at some maps, and thought about what we saw. We shared it with colleagues across the state, added more data points, and included many of their observations. What trends do you see in the maps?… Full story »

Reach NC Voices: Returning to your roots of communications Reach NC Voices

In October I went to the North Carolina Barbecue Festival in Lexington. Everywhere I turned I saw homemade t-shirts and signs in support of then-candidate Donald Trump. I was surprised to not see signs in support of other Republican candidates or any Democratic candidates on the state or federal level. I called Mebane Rash on my way home to discuss a phenomena that was unlike anything I had seen in electoral politics.… Full story »

Introducing a new way for you to engage: Reach NC Voices Reach NC Voices

In the weeks leading up to and then after the election, Mebane Rash and I wondered whether folks living on Jake’s Mountain Road and other similar roads in rural parts of our state were being polled. We wondered whether those involved in the Charlotte protests were being polled. Whose priorities and voices were really being heard and included in debates about the future of our state and our country?… Full story »

Global Scholars Academy: Students seeking to be scholars Education

National School Choice Week is January 22-28, 2017. According to the website, “The goal of National School Choice Week (NSCW) is to raise public awareness of all types of education options for children. These options include traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling.” There is a historical marker in Durham noting a segregation protest at an ice cream parlor on the site in 1957.… Full story »

A new public policy season Government

Now that lawmakers are back at work, what will be the top priorities? And what will be the biggest challenges? Panelists include Joe Stewart, Executive Director, NC FreeEnterprise Foundation; Mebane Rash, CEO, EdNC and NC Center for Public Policy Research; Andy Brack, Publisher, Statehouse Report; and Ashley Landess, President, South Carolina Policy Council.… Full story »

Impact and hope: EdNC’s theory of change General

Editor’s note: On October 25, 2016, the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research affiliated with EducationNC, an innovative new media nonprofit. Combining the best new media practices with the depth of think-tank research, our work will help shape the future of our state.   Thank you. As we celebrate the beginning of year three of EdNC, thank you for being brave with us as we built a platform that would be both innovative and make a difference.… Full story »

Redistricting reform brings diverse groups and policymakers together Government

A press conference this morning brought together a diverse group of organizations, including the John Locke Foundation and the N.C. Justice Center, as well as Republican and Democrat lawmakers. They were all arguing for redistricting reform.   This is not a new issue in North Carolina, and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research has been conducting research on redistricting for decades.… Full story »

Food for thought General

Note: The inaugural Carolina Food Summit explored the intersections of food and policy, hunger, nutrition, school lunch, and family ties. NCCPPR Board member and EdNC co-founder Ferrel Guillory invited some students from one of his journalism classes to cover the summit. Given our belief that first person perspectives and nurturing young voices matter, we wanted to spotlight their work.… Full story »

CoThinkk: Changing philanthropy, changing communities, changing lives General

If you don’t know her already, meet Tracey Greene-Washington. Tracey is a program officer at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, taking the lead on the Foundation’s community economic development portfolio of grants. Her eyes light up when she is excited. And Tracey is excited about philanthropy, and the role it can play in changing communities.… Full story »