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Apr 4 8 tweets 4 min read
What a PR white-wash of the Edcamp Equity events looks like by @Rupen_Fofaria

ednc.org/this-community… Try digging a little more as I did in 2020 and uncovering the woke agenda for one of these events.
Apr 4 10 tweets 5 min read
Gov. Cooper issues thread denouncing #schoolchoice and 'extreme policy' in House budget.

#ncpol Here's the link to the thread:

It's worth noting that due to the Medicaid Expansion deal, NSJ was told by various sources the governor will sign whatever budget comes out of the #NCGA

Nov 4, 2022 16 tweets 5 min read
Breaking: NC Supreme Court's Dem majority is forcing the Leandro fund transfer & sending it back to the trial court to determine the calculation.
Newby, Berger & Barringer dissent.
#nced #ncpol #ncga Image Berger's dissent reiterates the legislature, not the court, has the power of the purse.
He also notes "the majority takes it upon itself to resolve issues in this case without notice and in the face of this Court’s order to the contrary" Image
Nov 2, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
Just cycled through the channels. No major network appears to be televising the president's speech.
Most outlets have it streaming on their websites, however. Maybe it was a space issue. This is the shot from the back after the speech ended.
Sep 14, 2022 39 tweets 6 min read
Gov. Ops subcommittee on hurricanes should be back sometime after 12:30 from recess.
Documents & link to hear/watch the hearing here:

I'll be tweeting some, but probably not as much as the first half:
Annnnnd we're back.
Here's what's coming up:
Testimony: Constituents and Col. JR Sanderson, Saint Bernard Project
Sep 14, 2022 121 tweets 15 min read
The Gov Ops Hurricane Subcommittee start is running behind. Here is the agenda & links to documents/audio & video stream:
Tweets to follow.
#ncpol #ncga The meeting is coming to order now. Administrative issues are being dispensed with before proceeding.

First on the agenda is testimony from Richard Trumper, Office of State Budget and Management Disaster Recovery.
Sep 14, 2022 5 tweets 3 min read
Tomorrow at 9 am, the subcommittee on hurricane recovery is meeting.
Documents for the meeting are here:

Of note, sometime between 2017/18 and now, the contractor for CDBG-DR management was changed.
There are issues with that.
/more #ncpol #ncga In 2018, a company called IEM was selected " to assist in the administration of the 8-step process needed to complete the CDBG-DR program."
Aug 31, 2022 102 tweets 14 min read
Oral arguments in the Leandro case begin today at 9:30.
The court's YouTube channel should have a live stream:

#nced #ncpol Some of the history of the case:
Aug 30, 2022 5 tweets 3 min read
INBOX: From Senate Republicans and @SenPaulNewton
Press release blasts local media bias of the News and Observer covering for Dem. justices on the court & includes opposite reactions from Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and National Review.
Links to follow.
#ncpol #ncga Washington Post
Jul 11, 2022 4 tweets 3 min read
Gov. Cooper signed the 2022 Appropriations bill & House Bill 252: Bail Bond/Bondsmen Provisions/Other Changes.
He vetoed 4, bringing his veto total to 75. Predecessors had a combined total of 35.
One bill becomes law without his signature - HB 911
#ncpol #ncga /more Image The four vetoes:
House Bill 49: Concealed Carry Permit Lapse/Revise Law
Senate Bill 101: Require Cooperation with ICE 2.0
Senate Bill 593: Schools for the Deaf and Blind
House Bill 823: Child Advocacy Centers/Share Information
Veto statements appear to be largely political: ImageImage
May 24, 2022 31 tweets 8 min read
Press conference on Parental Bill of Rights about to start. #ncga #nced
Listen here:
Tweets to follow Berger: Prior to the pandemic we took for granted the rights we thought parents had related to their child's education
-The bill is about increasing transparency and trust
Mar 17, 2022 39 tweets 6 min read
At 11:30 am today Gov. Cooper will hold a briefing
to "discuss the next phase of COVID-19."

Live stream can be found here:
#ncpol The briefing will begin shortly, it can also be accessed here:

Mar 16, 2022 5 tweets 3 min read
Our outlet asked @ChathamCoSch questions about the 'Slave Auction' incident the district refuses to answer, instead saying "What we have posted on the website is our statement."
We've also asked for emails/records which are so far also being denied.
#nced #ncpol #SunshineWeek Questions asked:
Was this 'mock auction' was part of a classroom demonstration or lesson? How many students involved?
Where the staff/teachers were during this 'mock slave auction'?
Why has the district failed to explain the circumstances surrounding this incident?
Mar 15, 2022 6 tweets 3 min read
Starting Mar. 21, #WCPSS will actively monitor school-supplied devices.
"Gaggle will monitor students’ Google Drive and Outlook Email for concerns around self-harm and suicide, harrassment, drugs and alcohol,violence towards others, nudity and sexual content."
/more Image Any personal device a student uses that is plugged into or connected to a district-supplied device is subject to the same search.
Here's the link to WCPSS' Gaggle summary sheet, which is light on real info on Gaggle.
Feb 23, 2022 8 tweets 5 min read
Buncombe's Supt. recommendations are to go mask optional Feb. 28, masks req'd on buses, and anyone returning from isolation/exclusion to wear it for 6-10 days.
No vote yet. Will come back to this.

#nced CMS Supt. Winston recommends mask optional for all students, staff and visitors effective March 7.
Discussion is ongoing right now here:
#nced #ncpol
Feb 22, 2022 42 tweets 14 min read
K-12 Masks updates to follow as school board meetings kicking off this afternoon & this evening:
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City
Clinton City
#nced Alamance Burlington school board votes 6-1 to go mask optional effective immediately.
#nced #ncpol
Feb 21, 2022 8 tweets 4 min read
A lot of school boards are meeting tonight on masks.
So far, these districts have switched to optional:
Duplin, Rutherford, Sampson, Caswell, Vance, Nash

Count of optional now stands at 70, but I'm still going through the list of meetings.
#ncpol #nced Elizabeth City-Pasquotank voted just now to go mask optional on Mar. 1
Granville will go mask optional Feb 28

Total update: 72
#nced #ncpol
Dec 7, 2021 96 tweets 15 min read
Happening now: Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations, Subcommittee on Use and Distribution on Federal COVID Funding

Link to the live stream is on the #NCGA website

#ncpol First up: Lee Lilley, NC Pandemic Recovery Office
The name may be familiar.
4 days after the ACP permit was approved, Cooper hired Lilley to be his new legislative director. Lilley was a lobbyist for Dominion, Duke’s partner in the pipeline.
nsjonline.com/article/2019/1… #ncga #ncpol
Nov 23, 2021 8 tweets 4 min read
Trice departed after I reported on his talking points to the #WCPSS board on CRT.
Under Trice & Macarenaz, the Equity Affairs office has been responsible for CRT training of teachers going back 5 years.
The office has cost taxpayers millions.

nsjonline.com/article/2021/0… Mascarenaz was a hire from the Southern Poverty Law Center's "Teaching Tolerence," which has since been renamed to "Learning for Justice.'
She was “Director of Equity Affairs for Coaching and Leadership.” Salary at date of hire: $85,000. She made $86,708 as of 2019.
Oct 27, 2021 9 tweets 2 min read
NSJ dialed in to today's COVID briefing and was just shut out of questions like we were in the past.
FTR, I logged into the call at the earliest time and was the first one logged in.
#ncpol This was the first briefing in a month and Cooper only took a handful of questions inside of a 35-minute timeframe.
May 17, 2021 11 tweets 8 min read
Wake County's Office of Equity Affairs has drafted a new "Equity" policy for the district. It will be on the Policy Cmte agenda this Wednesday.
Yes, there are #CriticalRaceTheory elements in it.
#wcpss Link to agenda item:

Looks like they are drawing from districts that already have embedded CRT into their "Equity" policies.