Orange County Schools discussed changes to its lunch policy in recent weeks, and on March 9, the school board decided to waive the current policy until the end of the academic year.
A big question coming from both the moderators and voters was about Klobuchar’s ability to win the nomination for the Democratic party. The moderators said at the beginning of the town hall that Klobuchar stands in sixth place in Fox News polls. Two days after this town hall, Klobuchar suffered a loss in the South Carolina primaries, getting 3.2 percent of the vote.
Deen Freelon is an associate professor at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media who specializes in political expressions through digitized media. Staff writer Taylor Heeden spoke with Freelon about how voters can determine what is true and what is not.
Lunch shaming is a phenomenon occurring in schools across the United States where students are shamed for not being able to pay for their lunches every day in order to pressure families to pay student lunch debt quickly. Orange County Schools is attempting to combat this issue by implementing new lunch policies.
Incumbent Democratic candidate Gov. Roy Cooper is running again for office, but not uncontested. There are two candidates running for the Republican bid for governor, N.C. Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest of Charlotte and N.C. Rep. Holly Grange (R-New Hanover) of Wilmington. Additionally, Ernest Reeves is challenging Cooper for the Democratic bid.
Orange County Schools have decided to create different programs throughout February to show the history of important African American leaders in history. Dena Keeling, the district's chief equity officer, said a goal of this initiative is to create a curriculum with classes that deal with different cultures and place an emphasis on these heritage months all the time.
The development of the Short Range Transit Plan began in September 2017. The six goals of the plan are to improve transit mode shift, increase ridership, create high-frequency transit corridors, emphasize equity, improve weekend service and enhance the convenience of living without a private vehicle.
Orange County Schools, Swim for Charlie and the Orange County Sportsplex have teamed up to provide second-graders free swim lessons.
During this past long session, the General Assembly was unable to pass a budget. “Our 2019 session actually ran over into 2020,” Insko (D-District 56) said. “We didn’t pass the budget. We didn’t pass Medicaid expansion. We didn’t cut taxes.”
North Carolina has never had an openly transgender individual serve in the state legislature. In 2020, that could change. Two openly transgender candidates are seeking seats in the N.C. Senate four years after the state passed House Bill 2, which could bring new perspectives and progressive change to the state. “There’s a lot of voices not being heard in North Carolina,” Angela Bridgman of Wendell said. “Democracy is broken in North Carolina.”