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CMS board members are a long way from coming up with a plan to draw new attendance zones for schools. In fact, they’re still deciding on the ideas to shape that process. The CMS policy committee met again Thursday to discuss them. They debated whether it’s possible to reduce concentrations of poverty at schools while protecting those schools that are doing well.


Household income and health insurance coverage are both going up in the Charlotte area, but the poverty rate is holding steady. Those are a few takeaways from new U.S. Census data released Thursday.

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A UNC Board of Governors’ panel has recommended the closure of three university policy centers including the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at UNC Chapel Hill. 

North Carolina’s General Assembly has addressed a number of hot-button issues this session – voter fraud, education reform, and overhauling the tax system. But there’s one big issue not getting much attention, even though it affects more than 1.7 million people in our state. North Carolina’s poverty rate has risen this decade from 26th to 12th in the nation. More than 1.7 million North Carolinians are living in poverty. And more than half a million are children. You may have read the recent Charlotte Observer opinion series titled “North Carolina Shame: Ignoring Poverty.” Well, Fannie Flono is the Charlotte Observer editor who worked on that piece. She says it’s time to forge a comprehensive poverty plan in North Carolina. We’ll talk with her, as well as the Reverend Mac Legerton, Executive Director for the Center for Community Action, and Gene Nichol, Director of the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, to try to figure out a way to combat this growing problem, when Charlotte Talks.

Frances Fox Piven stirs things up and she is just fine with that. The professor, writer and activist has been studying the nature of poverty and inequality for decades and she is an outspoken advocate for radical change in our country. National pundits of all political stripes have praised or decried her work but Dr. Piven unabashedly declares that the current growth of poverty and inequality is undermining our American democracy. She says there are historic solutions to this inequality and she will share them with us when Charlotte Talks.

Microloans For Poor Arrive In Charlotte

Jan 2, 2013

Charlotte is a bank town – known for banks in the traditional sense – like Bank of America and Wells Fargo that offer checking accounts, credit cards and loans, if you can qualify. But in the last week, a very different kind of bank opened in Charlotte offering what's known as microloans to small businesspeople who couldn't qualify for a traditional one.

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We'll meet one of the leaders of an organization using an innovative strategy to fight global poverty. Jon Mitchell of CARE USA says that the technology that we take for granted in America, like cell phones, can be used to help end poverty in developing countries. We'll talk about the process of getting technology into the hands of the world's poorest communities and how this will help them better their situation and more, when Charlotte Talks.

Michael Tomsic

Poverty is one the rise in the Carolinas. The Census Bureau announced Thursday morning that almost 100,000 more people were driven into poverty last year in North and South Carolina.