Extreme Injustice: Stolen Time, Season 2
More than a million public school students in North Carolina missed a year of in-person learning during state-imposed COVID shutdowns, and now just 45% of K-12 students passed state exams last school year. The schools got waivers for their performance, but the kids suffered from Stolen Time.
Many families thought it would be two weeks to stem the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that was just the beginning. When Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order closing all public schools on March 14th, 2020, little did we know that this would lead to a multi-year back-and-forth of school closings, hybrid models between in-person learning and Zoom classes, and severe academic, emotional, social, and mental health impacts on students.
Extreme Injustice: Stolen Time explores the ramifications of school shutdowns and COVID policy in the Tar Heel State. Our hosts and guests also delve into the ongoing Leandro school-funding court case and how it’s playing out as our state recovers from the pandemic.
Look for Extreme Injustice on April 7th, on Spotify, iTunes, and right here, at extremeinjustice.com.
Past seasons of Extreme Injustice…
Extreme Injustice: The Usurper Four, Season 1
In a closely divided North Carolina, America’s 9th largest state, politics have taken a dangerous turn, moving from the campaign trail to the court bench. A partisan Supreme Court is moving to cancel–nullify–the results of two statewide elections. Four, mostly nameless, faceless, State Supreme Court justices are considering a partisan power grab that threatens the credibility and validity of the state’s highest court for decades to come.
Two constitutional amendments, 9.6 million votes, and the fate of two duly elected Supreme Court justices hang in the balance.
How can this extreme injustice happen? And if it happens here, it can happen in your state and your town.
Extreme Injustice goes behind the scenes of North Carolina’s highest court, to investigate and expose how raw partisan politics could destroy the judiciary in America’s most purple swing state.
Learn More, Season 1:
NAACP defends Earls, repeats call for disqualification rules in latest Supreme Court filing
Third state Supreme Court justice could be targeted for forced removal
Former N.C. justices urge successors to avoid forced removal
State Supreme Court accepts arguments concerning forced removal of its own justices
Locke joins NCICL to argue negative impact on voters if justices are forced out
One state Supreme Court case could destroy the court for years to come
Fight over removing Supreme Court justices in voter ID case goes public
Democrats, allies make clear: rules different for GOP justices
Split N.C. Appeals Court overturns decision that threw out N.C. voter ID, tax cap amendments
N.C. Supreme Court at a crossroads, Pt. I
N.C. Supreme Court at a crossroads, Pt. II
Learn More, Season 2:
New report shows academic, social impact of pandemic-era school shutdowns on students
School closures still on the table this winter
Poll: Nearly half of N.C. likely voters oppose Cooper veto; want lawmakers to override and reopen schools
Pandemic, governor’s shutdowns have staggered tourism, imperiling rural N.C.
Governor’s N.C. shutdown could last months depending on COVID-19 stats
Teacher’s union continues opposition over school reopening law
Cooper, lawmakers announce school reopening deal; governor signs it into law
Parents, school leaders describe consequences of remote-only learning as N.C. House committee passes reopening bill
Locke’s Terry Stoops analyzes N.C. school reopening deal
School closures were a big mistake
Advisory committee seeks to give parents a voice in their children’s education
Lawmakers meet to redesign public education with parent help
Parents’ customized use of N.C. education accounts could protect program
Locke’s Bob Luebke says 90% of COVID education relief funds remain unspent