Poverty & Public Policy in NC

Law 503



Rigorous Writing Experience (RWE)



The seminar will examine, initially, the nature, extent and characteristics of poverty in North Carolina. Early classes will consider the data and demographics of economic hardship in the state as well as narrative and particularized instances of the burdens and barriers of poverty. Issues of economic inequality will also be explored in relationship to specific state constitutional mandates such as access to the civil justice system, equal opportunity in public education, and constitutionally assured access to public higher education. Finally, the seminar will examine, in detail, the impact of various recent North Carolina public policy decisions on low income Tar Heels. Topics will include health care and Medicaid expansion, unemployment compensation reductions, earned income tax credit elimination and other tax policy changes, cuts in childcare and other employment supports, reductions in support for North Carolina food banks, K-12 and early childhood education and voucher programs, and the like.

G. Nichol

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