• 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…
  • John Locke Update

    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…
  • John Locke Update

    Teacher Pay Rankings, Facts, and Figures

    posted April 26, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    On Monday, the National Education Association (NEA) released their annual Rankings and Estimates report.  According to the report, North Carolina’s average teacher salary for 2018, estimated by NEA researchers…
  • John Locke Update

    School Shootings and School Safety

    posted March 1, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    After the Parkland school shooting, Americans are questioning the safety of the nation’s public schools.  It is an entirely rational response to the murder of 17 students and teachers at…
  • John Locke Update

    Student Activism and the Parkland School Shooting

    posted March 1, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    High school students at a handful of North Carolina schools staged walkouts to protest gun violence and demand stronger gun laws in the wake of the Parkland school shooting.  Nationwide…
  • John Locke Update

    Emotion is a Poor Guide When a Civil Right is at Stake

    posted March 1, 2018 by Jon Sanders
    This month’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has brought the issue of guns back to the forefront. It’s perhaps to be expected when emotions are raw. Still, the…

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