• John Locke Update

    How Much Do Families Spend on School Supplies?

    posted August 9, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This is the first of a three-part series examining the issue of school supplies.  Part 2 will address teacher expenditures on classroom items.  Part 3 will assess state expenditures for…
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    Public Education Jobs, Jobs, and More Jobs

    posted July 26, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Education is a labor-intensive industry, and our public schools provide outstanding employment opportunities for a wide range of workers.  Last year, North Carolina’s public school districts and charter schools employed…
  • John Locke Update

    Homeschooling Questions and Answers

    posted July 12, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    How many children are homeschooled? According to data recently released by the N.C. Division of Non-Public Education, an estimated 135,749 students enrolled in homeschools last year, a 6.2 percent…
  • John Locke Update

    Scholarship Program is a Worthwhile Investment

    posted June 29, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Debate over the impact of the Opportunity Scholarship Program was renewed recently when N.C. State researchers Anna Egalite, D.T. Stallings, and Stephen Porter published a study that found…
  • John Locke Update

    The Limits of Government Reorganization and Reform

    posted June 28, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    What is the role of education in America?  What is government’s role in providing that education?  A new White House government reform plan states that education should provide students…
  • John Locke Update

    Are Teachers Mad or Satisfied? It Depends Who Asks

    posted June 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This month, the New Teacher Center released results from the 2018 North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey.  The survey is conducted every two years and captures the opinions of…
  • John Locke Update

    Don’t Expect Municipal Charter Schools to Open Soon

    posted June 8, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    House Bill 514/Session Law 2018-3 would allow four Mecklenburg County municipalities – Cornelius, Huntersville, Matthews, and Mint Hill – to undertake the charter school application process and, if successful,…
  • John Locke Update

    State Budget 2018: K-12 Education

    posted May 31, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Unphased by the recent teacher walkout, Republican lawmakers continue to invest in their policy priorities, including a fifth consecutive raise for teachers, raises for principals, expanded performance pay programs, new…
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    N.C. Teachers are Getting Political

    posted May 11, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The May 16 teacher gathering in Raleigh is inspired by teacher demonstrations in other states and is energized by the desire of public school advocacy groups to weaken Republican control…

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