Opponents of North Carolina officials’ efforts to expand school choice options have picked up some early courtroom victories, but John Locke Foundation Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops believes the political Left is destined to lose the “school choice war.” The Kernersville News, Laurinburg Exchange, and Mount Airy News published Stoops’ recent column outlining the basis for that prediction. The Lenoir News-Topic picked up Stoops’ “Locker Room” blog entry poking holes in a dubious survey from UNC-Wilmington researchers on parental attitudes about public education. NCPoliticalNews.com promoted his research newsletter on the public school funding “money myth.” Stoops discussed education and innovation in a presentation to the N.C. Coalition of Home Educators leadership summit in Raleigh.

The Wilmington Star-News interviewed Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar Roy Cordato about misguided efforts to boost the government-mandated minimum wage. NCPoliticalNews.com promoted Cordato’s research newsletter this week highlighting the lack of documented global warming over the past 17 years.

Durham’s Independent Weekly quoted Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders in an article about JLF’s recent forums with environmental group NC WARN focusing on issues related to state regulation of electric utilities. The American Thinker cited Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Sarah Curry‘s work documenting growth in North Carolina state government spending. NCPoliticalNews.com highlighted Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo‘s research newsletter comparing state and federal health insurance exchanges tied to the Affordable Care Act.

Director of Education Outreach Lindalyn Kakadelis returned to Lockwood Phillips’ “Viewpoints Radio” program on WTKF to discuss classroom field testing for the Smarter Balanced Assessment.