• John Locke Update

    Overview of 2017 State Test Scores and Graduation Rates

    posted September 7, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    On Thursday, state education officials released 2016-17 accountability results for all North Carolina district and charter schools.  Overall, there was little difference in the performance of schools last year…
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    Ed School Enrollment and the Limits of Public Policy

    posted August 22, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Media outlets reported that enrollment in UNC education schools increased last year.  WUNC initially reported that it was a 16 percent jump, but according to WRAL, the actual…
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    District Enrollment Dips as Charters Surge

    posted August 22, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction published the final enrollment numbers for the 2016-17 school year.  Overall, there was a nearly 4,500-student or 0.3 percent year-to-year decrease in…
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    A Banner Year for School Choice in North Carolina

    posted July 20, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Allow me to recommend a new state nickname for North Carolina: The School Choice State. The N.C. Division of Non-Public Education released private and home school statistics this week.  As…
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    Overview of the New N.C. Public Education Budget

    posted June 28, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The $23 billion state budget has passed in time for the start of a new fiscal year, and the largest part of that budget – over $9 billion – will…
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    Apprenticeships Are Not A Silver Bullet

    posted June 13, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    For decades, economists have considered the costs and benefits of adopting variations of highly developed apprenticeship systems operating in Germany and Switzerland. Such efforts are based on the belief that…
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    The House Education Budget is Pretty Good

    posted June 1, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This week, House Republicans released their full biennial budget proposal.  Budget writers included parts of the budget that were not unveiled last week, such as teacher and state employee…
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    Per-Student Expenditure Figures are Not Always Meaningful

    posted May 23, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Earlier this month, the National Education Association (NEA) released their annual “Rankings and Estimates” report.  In addition to North Carolina’s surge in average teacher pay, NEA researchers estimated…

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