State Senate leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, unveiled this week a proposed education reform plan. John Locke Foundation Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops dissected that plan for Lockwood Phillips on WTKF’s “Viewpoints Radio.” Stoops also discussed Berger’s plan, Gov. Pat McCrory’s education budget, and Stoops’ own research into school vouchers during an appearance with Matt Mittan on WZGM/WHKP.

The Fayetteville Observer published a column from Stoops this week that questioned the long-term value of taxpayer-funded preschool programs. The Daily Tar Heel interviewed Stoops about education spending issues. The Heritage Foundation’s “Insider Online” promoted Stoops’ report on school vouchers. Stoops will speak today at the N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ 2013 conference on the topic “Treading on the Charter Brand.”

The Wilson Daily Times quoted Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar Roy Cordato in an article about proposals to raise the government-mandated minimum wage. Cordato traveled to Alabama this week to chair a panel of Austrian economics scholars meeting at the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

A guest columnist in the Greensboro News & Record quoted Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders on the topic of syringe decriminalization. highlighted Sanders’ analysis of state licensing for midwives.

A Charlotte Observer editorial noted the John Locke Foundation’s opposition to state renewable energy mandates. An Asheville Citizen-Times letter from Eli Lehrer noted his authorship of a JLF report on auto insurance reform.