Monday Numbers

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Study: Parents trust librarians despite national push to ban books

BY: - December 4, 2023

Parents have a high level of trust in librarians despite a national onslaught of book bans and censorship efforts by conservative groups, a recent survey by EveryLibrary Institute and Book Riot found. The authors of “Parent Perceptions of Librarianship 2023” found that despite concerted efforts to keep books about America’s racist past and LGBTQ issues […]

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Monday numbers: NC voter rolls look different than they did eight years ago

BY: - November 13, 2023

The latest data show that North Carolina’s voter rolls continue to grow at a steady pace. However, because a growing number of voters do not designate their race, in some ways we know less about today’s voters than in the past. Overall, the state has seen a net increase of almost 1 million voters since October 2015. […]

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Monday numbers: Lawmakers try to punish LGBTQ allies

BY: - October 23, 2023

A record number of anti-LGBTQ bills were filed and passed in states across the country this year. From criminalizing public drag shows and standard health care for transgender people to banning books and dictating school curricula, they collectively have the effect of marginalizing LGBTQ people and driving even their mention from the public square. As […]

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Monday numbers: Diversity, appointments and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees

BY: - August 28, 2023

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision against the consideration of race in admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill and Harvard University, the campus and UNC System level governing boards have wrestled with the issue of racial diversity — its value in higher education, and how and whether to pursue it. Last month, the […]

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Monday numbers: Coming of age LGBTQ in the South

BY: - May 29, 2023

As LGBTQ Pride month approaches, the community continues to face an onslaught of violence, censorship and harmful legislation. Even major corporations are facing conservative boycotts and terrorist threats for the sort of support for LGBTQ equality efforts in which they have engaged for years. In North Carolina, bills have been filed this legislative session that […]

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Monday numbers: Report says NC youth aging out of foster care need more services

BY: - May 15, 2023

Youth aging out of foster care aren’t receiving all the support available to them as they transition to adulthood, according to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  Using information from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services databases, the report (Fostering Youth Transitions 2023) examines the reasons children entered foster care and the […]

Abortion pills

Monday numbers: E.D. meds vs. abortion pills and the hypocrisy in how they’re regulated

BY: - May 8, 2023

Every day, all day, on countless electronic media platforms – but especially on sports radio and TV – American consumers are inundated with commercials for “erectile dysfunction” medications. The ads and their promises of immediate online consultations with physicians and the swift delivery of low-priced pills in “discreet packaging” have become so ubiquitous that many […]

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Monday numbers: the continuing student suicide crisis at NC State

BY: - May 1, 2023

Last week, students at North Carolina State University concluding their first week of finals learned of terrible news: two apparent student suicides. “This is heartbreaking,” Chancellor Randy Woodson wrote in a community message Thursday. “And I know there’s little I can say to console the deep hurt or heal the immense grief felt by the […]

‘I’m scared to become a teacher’: Gun violence sparks frank assessment by aspiring educator

BY: - April 17, 2023

“Mike Hill, 61 Katherine Koonce, 60 Cynthia Peak, 61 Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9 Hallie Scruggs, 9    and William Kinney, 9.” Kurstin Howe opened her remarks to the Wake County School Board last week remembering each victim of the Nashville, Tennessee, school shooting in March. Howe is a Meredith College student and part of the future […]