• John Locke Update

    Schools are not a big driver of COVID-19 cases

    posted November 11, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Schools are finally beginning to reopen. The urgency of resuming in-person instruction cannot be overstated. Not only has it taken a toll on students’ mental health, learning losses exacerbated by remote learning are devastating and will be most severe among our most vulnerable student populations.
  • John Locke Update

    Voters generally opt for status quo in school board races

    posted November 4, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    We know that the issues that confront public school parents and local taxpayers vary from one school district to another.  School board races highlight specific local concerns about property taxes,…
  • John Locke Update

    Teacher union bloggers attack Truitt as Mangrum campaign falters

    posted October 29, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The race is a dead heat even though Mangrum maintained a 6-to-1 fundraising advantage thanks to hefty contributions from the North Carolina Democratic Party, Lillian’s List, and the NCAE PAC. Notable individual donors included former governor James Hunt, documentary filmmaker Barb Lee, retired executive director of the National Education Association John Wilson, and Silicon Valley megadonor Karla Jurvetson.
  • John Locke Update

    Remote learning and learning loss: America’s $14 trillion problem

    posted October 19, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    If large-scale in-class instruction does not resume until January 2021, the average student will have fallen behind by the equivalent of seven months of learning. For low-income, black, and Hispanic students, the loss may be much greater.
  • John Locke Update

    The case against public-sector collective bargaining

    posted October 13, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Repealing the state's law against collective bargaining for public-sector employees would increase state government spending by between $889 million and $1.32 billion — a cost of $84.75 to $126.03 for each North Carolinian and a decrease in state gross domestic product.
  • John Locke Update

    Candidates and Public Charter Schools, Part 2: Superintendent of Public Instruction

    posted October 7, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Jen Mangrum made it clear that doing "what's best for all our kids" includes slashing the number of charter schools. During the forum, Mangrum reiterated her longstanding belief that charter schools are taking funds from traditional public schools. Her preferred remedy is reinstating a cap on the number of charters.
  • John Locke Update

    Candidates and Public Charter Schools, Part 1: General Assembly and Council of State

    posted October 6, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The future of public charter schools in North Carolina may depend on who controls the General Assembly and occupies Council of State offices. If you are a charter school parent like me or simply want to ensure that all families have plentiful educational options, it is critical that you consider candidates’ views of charter schools.
  • John Locke Update

    Is North Carolina a Top State for Teachers?

    posted September 23, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    North Carolinians do not need WalletHub to tell us that North Carolina teachers have fared well since 2014. Several state-level reports and studies reflect the efforts of the NC General Assembly to prioritize investments in public school teachers.

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