• 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.
  • Research Report

    Big Government, Big Price Tag – Part 2

    posted October 8, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Introduction Public-sector unions are central to some of the most contentious public policy issues in contemporary America. Do unions improve or impair the political process and elections? Do police…
  • 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.
  • John Locke Update

    Inputs, outcomes, and the school that spent $25k per student

    posted September 16, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    How do we account for these differences? Does money matter? While comparisons of school performance have been available for years, the ability to evaluate spending by school wasn’t possible until this year.
  • John Locke Update

    A Sweet Victory for School Choice in North Carolina

    posted September 10, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Gov. Roy Cooper’s decision to sign the Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0 is deeply satisfying. After years of enduring his strident opposition to the expansion of school choice in North Carolina, I am delighted to see his signature on legislation that affords additional seats for the state’s two virtual charter schools and three private school choice programs.
  • John Locke Update

    Leandro defendants begin implementing a misguided action plan for schools

    posted September 8, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The remedial plan requires more than just the cooperation of the General Assembly. Instead, it requires the defendants to coordinate with multiple entities that never have been involved in the Leandro case or have only a tangential connection to it.
  • John Locke Update

    Not-quite-the-budget session begins today

    posted September 2, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Yesterday, NC legislators described their plan to use more than $1 billion from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Today, they will provide legislation and vote on it. But some differences between the governor's plan and the legislature's plan are already apparent.

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