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    Critical Race Theory Primer

    posted September 22, 2021 by Brian Balfour, Dr. Terry Stoops
    Critical race theory is a movement that demands its adherents transform supposedly racist institutions, structures, and ideals through hardline activism. It argues that the United States was built on a…
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    North Carolina Public School Finance

    posted July 31, 2019 by Aaron Garth Smith, Dr. Terry Stoops
    Introduction North Carolina‚Äôs K-12 public school finance system is broken. And efforts to fix it have been at least a decade in the making. This paper highlights the problems with…
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    North Carolina: A Destination For Teachers

    posted April 5, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    During the 2015-16 school year, North Carolina licensed (via interstate reciprocity agreements) and subsequently employed 1,556 out-of-state teachers.1,2,3 At the same time, 828 public school teachers resigned to teach in other states. All told, the state imported 728 more teachers than it exported last year.
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    First in Freedom Index

    posted February 8, 2015 by Research Staff
    Overall, North Carolina ranks 23rd in the nation and 5th among the 12 states of the Southeast in freedom. North Carolina ranks 16th in fiscal freedom, 18th in educational freedom, 36th in regulatory freedom, and 46th in health care freedom.
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    Agenda 2014: A Candidate’s Guide to Key Issues in North Carolina Public Policy

    posted June 1, 2014 by Research Staff
    Every two years since 1996, coinciding with North Carolina's races for the General Assembly, the John Locke Foundation has published a revised edition of Agenda, our public policy guide for candidates and voters. Typically as we enter the campaign season, candidates for public office in North Carolina are faced with a daunting task: to develop informed positions on dozens of public policy issues. In the pages of Agenda 2014 we provide a concise and easily digestible guide covering a wide range of specific issues, from taxes and spending to energy policy and education.
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    Common Core State Standards: The way forward

    posted February 18, 2014 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The NC General Assembly should create two permanent commissions charged with raising the quality and rigor of state standards, curricula, and assessments. Each commission should employ a large and diverse group of stakeholders and should modify or replace the Common Core State Standards, specify content that aligns with the standards, recommend a testing program, and provide ongoing review.
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    City and County Issue Guide 2014

    posted February 4, 2014 by Research Staff
    Policymakers in the many local governments of North Carolina face a host of important challenges. This issue guide offers solutions to problems that confront North Carolinians at municipal and county levels. The common thread in these recommendations is freedom. By increasing individual freedom, local governments can foster the prosperity of all North Carolinians and keep open avenues to innovative solutions from enterprising citizens.
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    60 Questions About Common Core: Answers for North Carolinians

    posted September 16, 2013 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This updated primer serves to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Common Core State Standards and tests. North Carolina taxpayers should use it as a first step in assessing the massive changes underway in our public schools.

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