The Mooresville Tribune recently published a Carolina Journal Online column from Terry Stoops about the positive spin attributed to North Carolina’s rising public school graduation rate. A Sanford Herald editorial cited Stoops’ work. (A recent study conducted by Dr. Terry Stoops, Director of Research and Education Policy for the Raleigh-based John Locke Foundation think tank, found that public school systems are not likely to see a significant decrease in student enrollment resulting from any school choice programs. Dr. Stoops’ research showed that in Alberta, a province in western Canada, since 1994, has had a school choice program that permits public funds to follow each student. Yet, with these wide choices, approximately 70 percent of Alberta’s nearly 600,000 students still opted to attend a traditional public school this year.)

The Waynesville Smoky Mountain News noted John Hood’s recent CJ column about the future of taxpayer-funded early childhood education programs in North Carolina, while a Durham Herald-Sun letter writer thanked the John Locke Foundation for its help in exposing local misuse of public resources for political purposes. The Heartland Institute’s Health Care News published CJ contributor Sara Burrows‘ report on a diet blogger’s free-speech fight with North Carolina regulators.

The Beaufort Observer highlighted CJ contributor Karen McMahan‘s profile of the race for the open N.C. House District 6 seat. N.C. Senate Republicans promoted McMahan’s House District 6 article and her Senate District 17 profile in their daily press email, along with contributor Matthew Milliken‘s profile of the N.C. insurance commissioner‘s race and . The Senate GOP also promoted Hood’s columns on K-8 schools, responsible government budgets, and the political philosophies of “doing good” versus “doing better.”

Senate Republicans noted N.C. Education Alliance Fellow Kristen Blair‘s column on the impact of social media upon the traditional teacher-student relationship and JLF Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders‘ column on government meddlers. The Senate GOP promoted CJ Associate Editor Dan Way‘s article on potential Medicaid budget savings and Associate Editor Barry Smith‘s report on school choice prospects in North Carolina. The N.C. Association of Educators highlighted Smith’s article in its daily political briefing. interviewed John Locke Foundation Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Fergus Hodgson about the potential impact of congressional budget sequestration on military spending. La Conexion published a Spanish-language version of one Hodgson’s newsletters