Dear Treasurer Folwell, Health care providers should not charge secret prices, and the NCGA should not underfund the State Health Plan. The $34 billion + in unfunded liabilities assumes all employees retire at once. Please stop using this number to raise alarms, and focus instead on the $400 million annual underfunding as of 2017. Please... Continue Reading →
A “cheat sheet” summary of events leading up to the latest game of chicken with our health insurance.
Bev Perdue: Stop perpetuating the narrative that Pre-K is a zero sum game
We already have too many people in the NC General Assembly touting virtual pre-K, and a State Superintendent whose insistence on replacing teachers with screens is baffling to those of us with actual credentials to make decisions about how students can be supported in their education. We were very vociferous on May 16, 2018 and... Continue Reading →
Civics 101: Impeachment
Impeachment by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images Most people mistakenly equate “impeach” with “kicked out of office.” With the increased level of use and interest in this word in light of yesterday’s Mueller hearings, here’s a review of what it really means. “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the... Continue Reading →
I was once reluctant to be “political”
One of my first posts on the Educated Policy Facebook page is pictured above. It shows a mix of how far I've come, and how far I have to go. I am amused that I was once reluctant to be "political." I now know that "If you don't do politics, politics will do you" -... Continue Reading →
Apologies to my son for reforming his room like governments “reform” education
originally posted July 3, 2019 Dear Public School Supporters on the Eve of Independence Day, My name is John and I am going into second grade. I am writing to get some advice, and express my support in your fight to get the schools we deserve. I’ve been sharing my mom with you in this... Continue Reading →
The price we pay when “I’m fine” isn’t true, and “just fine” isn’t good enough.
An account from a high school student who doubled as a peer therapist. "My school is a place where “I’m fine” carries behind it a torrent of pain and anguish. In my time there, I learned how to balance chemical equations, solve linear differentials, and be a therapist. That last part was a responsibility I... Continue Reading →
The “powers that be” in the NCGA continue to step on ideas from the May 1 “Strong Schools” march.
https://videopress.com/v/zvfCbuHy *Where's the Funding?! After cuts from the Great Recession, public school supporters in North Carolina hoped school funding would mirror the economic recovery. Instead of rebuilding our schools literally and figuratively, income taxes for individuals and corporations were slashed beginning in 2013. In addition to per pupil spending remaining below pre-Recession levels, major policy... Continue Reading →
Treasurer Folwell’s “Clear Pricing Project” Must not Interfere with Clear Open Enrollment
The key date for state employees wondering if State Treasurer Dale Folwell will stick to his “Clear Pricing Project,” resulting in many of their physicians and nearby hospitals leaving the State Health Plan network, is not January 1, 2020, when the new plan begins, it is October 1, 2019 when open enrollment begins. Like many... Continue Reading →