The Lumberton Robesonian published a column from John Locke Foundation Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops comparing North Carolina’s declining education school enrollment with similar nationwide trends. The Dunn Daily Record cited Stoops in an article about potential homeschool oversight changes at the Division of Non-Public Education. (The John Locke Foundation Think Tank has been quite vocal, however. Columnist Terry Stoops writes that the DNPE is “a small office housed in the Department of Administration. DNPE oversees over 61,000 home schools and around 700 private schools throughout North Carolina. Gov. McCrory’s budget recommends placing DNPE ‘under a unified office attached to the Governor’s Office.’ “The problem with the proposal is that party politics would likely interfere with the work of DNPE. I suspect that Gov. McCrory would leave the office alone, but future governors may not be so accommodating.”)

Stoops wrote for about the economic and political issues surrounding North Carolina’s public school calendar. promoted Stoops’ columns on the school superintendent “shuffle,” education school enrollment, and partisan school board elections. Stoops discussed the N.C. state budget and Common Core public school standards while speaking at the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association tax rally in New Bern. The New Bern Sun Journal noted Stoops’ appearance. also highlighted Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders‘ report on voluntary certification as a good alternative to most state occupational licensing. N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press email cited Sanders’ report. Sanders signed a coalition letter supporting repeal of North Carolina’s renewable energy mandates. The Richmond County Daily Journal published Director of Legal Studies Jon Guze‘s column on legislative efforts to scrap North Carolina’s Map Act.

The N.C. Spin website picked up Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Sarah Curry‘s research newsletter on the viability of a new cabinet-level state department devoted to information technology. highlighted Curry’s latest Spotlight report analyzed Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposals for new departments targeting IT and veterans affairs. Curry discussed state historic preservation tax credits during a presentation for the Bastiat Society’s Charlotte chapter.