• Press Release

    Guilford Mission Possible program shows positive signs

    posted September 22, 2008
    RALEIGH — Guilford County public schools have seen “promising results” during the first two years of Mission Possible, an incentive-pay program for teachers and administrators. That’s the assessment of a…
  • Press Release

    N.C. government offers D-grade performance

    posted September 22, 2008
    RALEIGH — North Carolina earns a D grade for its Taxpayers’ Return on Investment, a new measure that compares states’ tax burdens to their performance in education, road quality, health,…
  • Research Report

    Dropout Prevention Grants: An Update

    posted September 15, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    During the last legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly voted to reestablish the Committee on Dropout Prevention and add $15 million to the existing $7 million for dropout prevention grants. The purpose of the dropout prevention grants is to raise the graduation rate. Among districts receiving grants last year, 27 of 38 had a declining graduation rate from the 2006-07 school year to the 2007-08 school year.
  • Press Release

    New state grants have little impact on dropouts

    posted September 15, 2008
    RALEIGH — More than 70 percent of the school districts that won state dropout prevention grants last year saw their graduation rates decline in 2008. A John Locke Foundation analyst…
  • Press Release

    N.C. price-gouging law promotes gas lines, shortages

    posted September 14, 2008
    RALEIGH — Consumers can blame North Carolina’s price-gouging law for the gas lines and shortages appearing in the wake of Hurricane Ike. That’s the assessment of a John Locke Foundation…
  • Research Report

    The New Raleigh Convention Center: A taxpayer-funded money pit

    posted September 3, 2008 by Dr. Michael Sanera
    Although many Raleigh and Wake County taxpayers do not realize it, city and county officials knew from the beginning that the new Raleigh Convention Center would require taxpayers to pay for large operational losses and even pay large subsidies to organizations to use the facility. Even before the doors open on September 5, the losses and subsidies have begun to mount.
  • Press Release

    Raleigh to celebrate taxpayer-funded ‘money pit’

    posted September 3, 2008
    RALEIGH — Raleigh’s new downtown convention center already has offered almost $2.3 million in room rental discounts to secure convention business, including an average 58 percent discount for events scheduled…
  • Press Release

    Agenda 2008 promotes policies that protect taxpayers

    posted August 24, 2008
    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s next General Assembly can promote freedom and prosperity by limiting government spending, rejecting policies that raise energy costs, and helping more parents make choices about their…
  • Press Release

    Lawmakers should scrap energy-efficiency mandates

    posted August 20, 2008
    RALEIGH – The current controversy over Duke Energy’s Save-A-Watt program highlights problems linked to all government-mandated energy-efficiency plans. That’s the assessment of a John Locke Foundation analyst whose new…

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