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 »

Where Princeville Elementary stands after Hurricane Matthew Eastern NC

As Princeville Elementary students settle in at the Bridgers building in nearby Tarboro, the building that was filled with storm water from Hurricane Matthew in late October remains empty. The ruined furniture, decorations, books, and materials have been removed. The damaged drywall has been cut out. The entire building has been dried.… Full story »

Leading through the storm Eastern NC

During John Farrelly’s time as superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) — since 2012 — he’s learned to expect anything. But then he found himself on a boat with the National Guard, floating through the streets, homes, and classrooms of Princeville. Seeing Hurricane Matthew’s damage, Farrelly said, is something he never could have expected or imagined.… Full story »

Surviving Hurricane Matthew’s aftermath day by day Eastern NC

Although it’s been over a month since Arlence Little and her family’s home was lost to flooding from Hurricane Matthew, their lives are still very much in limbo. Little and her four foster children are living with her friend just a couple houses down from their previous home, which has since been condemned.… Full story »

Princeville Elementary kids go back to school Eastern NC

A kindergarten classroom of 20 students has gone down to 18 for teacher Sheila Mayo-Deloatch at Princeville Elementary — which now meets in the Bridgers Building, a former elementary school and, more recently, office space and family resource center. Edgecombe County Schools spokesperson Susan Hoke said some students aren’t coming back to Princeville since families are moving away by choice or necessity after Hurricane Matthew displaced hundreds from their homes.… Full story »

Princeville students without homes or a school Eastern NC

“What kind of backyard is this?” asked Ja’Leah Whitehead, a seven-year-old Princeville resident, as she walked down partially flooded streets of Tarboro. “It’s more like a swimming pool!” She jumped over puddles and asked her older cousins, Jeremiah Sellers, 9, and Elijah Sellers, 12, for piggy-back rides. This, because it had to be, was their Friday.… Full story »

Understanding the election and the politics of othering Government

The election results are clear. People across North Carolina feel othered across any number of dividing lines. And we need them to feel tethered to a state they are proud to call home. Lesson learned. In the weeks leading up to the election, in speeches to groups like Teach for America’s Rural School Leaders Academy, I asked audiences to forget.… Full story »

Why we shouldn’t be scared to talk about suicide Mental Health Youth Suicide

  Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a five-part series examining youth suicide in North Carolina. Scenes in this series may be disturbing to some readers. If you need help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.  As I sat down to write this week-long look at youth suicide in North Carolina, I could hear the admonitions.… Full story »