• John Locke Update

    Mask Wars? There Is a Way Forward

    posted September 15, 2021 by Dr. Robert Luebke
    School districts' mask requirements reveal deep differences about who should make decisions about children’s health and how they are educated. Florida allows parents of children who were threatened or bullied because of mask choice to attend another public or private school of their choice. North Carolina should consider similar legislation; giving parents the choice over how and where their child is educated is key to ending the mask wars.
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    Where Did Critical Race Theory Come From?

    posted September 14, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Critical race theorists argue that white supremacy is an underlying structure at the heart of American institutions, social structures, and professed ideals. Marxism offered a starting point for the development of Critical Theory and Postmodernism in the twentieth century. These intellectual movements sought to extend Karl Marx’s critique of capitalism to other aspects of society, politics, and culture. Starting in the 1970s, a group of legal scholars borrowing heavily from Critical Theory and Postmodernism began creating an intellectual foundation that would become critical race theory.
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    Four Key Differences Between the House, Senate, and Cooper Budget Plans

    posted September 13, 2021 by Paige Terryberry
    The North Carolina General Assembly is still finalizing a two-year budget. Budget proposals from the House, Senate, and governor would have varying effects on North Carolina’s fiscal future. Spending restraint, tax cuts, and considerable savings would contribute to more opportunities and bigger paychecks for North Carolina families.
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    Test Scores Show Learning Loss Is Real

    posted September 9, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Proficiency rates on most state English, math, and science tests plummeted in 2021. Cooper consistently failed to weigh the costs and benefits of imposing restrictions on in-person learning in 2020. The broad educational, psychological, social, and economic effects of pandemic-era education policies will take years to understand fully.
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    What Are School Mask Mandates Doing to Children?

    posted September 7, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    Nearly every public school district in North Carolina is forcing face masks on students. Researchers are sounding the alarm about the psychological, physical, social, developmental, and academic harms of masks on young schoolchildren. With the benefits so uncertain and the potential costs so large, we must be asking whether these mandates are really worth it.
  • John Locke Update

    Lt. Gov. Robinson Lays Out the F.A.C.T.S. About Indoctrination in Schools

    posted August 30, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Last week, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson released the first report from the F.A.C.T.S. Task Force, which highlighted various parental concerns about classroom instruction. At the same time, lawmakers have proposed legislation that would offer additional tools for increasing transparency and accountability. While the submissions are not indicative of the scope of the problem, it is undeniable that thereis a problem with indoctrination in some public school classrooms.
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    Should North Carolina Restore Salary Supplements for Master’s Degrees?

    posted August 26, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The state House budget would restore salary supplements for public school educators with a master’s degree. Decades of empirical research failed to establish a relationship between master’s degrees and student performance. Possible research-based compromises include restoring master’s pay for teachers who obtain their degrees in their teaching subject or supporting teachers who pursue National Board Certification.
  • John Locke Update

    An Overview of the N.C. House Education Budget

    posted August 12, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    House budget writers proposed a $25.7 billion biennial budget that would grant an average 5.5% raise to teachers and give multiple bonuses. The House budget would expand private school choice and ease regulations on public charter schools. Lawmakers propose extensive measures to augment academic transparency and accountability.
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    House Budget Plan Features Tax Cuts, Assertive Infrastructure Spending, and Pay Raises

    posted August 11, 2021 by Paige Terryberry
    The House budget plan, per previous agreement, would spend about the same total amount as the Senate plan. Differences exist, however, primarily with a less aggressive tax cut plan and more aggressive pay raises to teachers and state employees. Similar to the Senate plan, the House proposal would set aside significant funds in the Savings Reserve and Capital Infrastructure funds.
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    Teaching Future Educators to Be CRT Warriors in Five Easy Steps

    posted August 9, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Teacher training programs actively promote critical race theory (CRT). A white paper published in 2020 by three North Carolina State University education professors outlines a five-step process for transforming prospective English language arts teachers into disciples of CRT. CRT-informed English instruction prioritizes activism over student achievement.

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