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 »

What parents should know about suicide Mental Health Youth Suicide

  Editor’s Note: This is the fourth 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. April Quick knew her oldest child, Ash Haffner, was struggling with mental health issues, gender identity, and bullying at school — but she didn’t expect Ash to die by suicide on a snowy February night last year.… Full story »

Out of balance Mental Health Youth Suicide

  Editor’s Note: This is the third 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. Kelly Lister’s job title has changed, but her mission is the same: Keeping Wake County public school students and employees safe.… Full story »

At greater risk Mental Health Youth Suicide

  Editor’s Note: This is the second 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. The summer before Ash Haffner died by suicide, Ash and April Quick, Ash’s mom, attended Charlotte’s annual Pride parade.… Full story »

All the little things start seeming like big things Mental Health Youth Suicide

  Editor’s Note: This is the first 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 The last thing April Quick said to her oldest child had something to do with potato skins.… Full story »

Moving the needle: Our ongoing need for “knowledge journalism” General

On October 25, 2016, the North Carolina Center became an integral part of EducationNC. We are honored to become part of this outstanding organization!  The first time I sat down and read N.C. Insight, the journal of the nonpartisan North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, I was 10 years old.… Full story »

The Center now in friendly hands of EdNC General

Sometimes life takes you on a circular path, bringing you back to an earlier highlight moment. So it was this week as the board of directors of the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research turned over the organization’s assets and governance to the executive committee of EducationNC. After covering the 1973-74 General Assembly as the chief capitol correspondent of The News and Observer, I wrote a column observing that North Carolina lacked an independent institution to offer ideas and analysis to its policymakers.… Full story »

Dorothea Dix Hospital – connecting our past to the future Mental Health

On Sunday, October 16th, North Carolina Health News as part of their Lives on the Hill  project, held a community convening to talk about how to preserve the legacy of Dorothea Dix Hospital. The gathering brought together people whose lives were affected by the hospital – patients and their families, former staff and their families, neighbors, and other interested citizens.… Full story »

Celebrating 39 Years of Nonpartisan Research on Public Policy Issues Facing NC! General

September 10, 2016 marked the 39th anniversary of the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research (NCCPPR).   Founded in 1977, the Center’s first first publication, This Land Is Your Land, explored the issue of state land management.  Click here to take a look back at our first report. The Center’s mission is to strengthen public policy through nonpartisan research, education, and community engagement.… Full story »