• John Locke Update

    State Officials Should Approve Wake County Charter Schools

    posted June 11, 2019 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    As Carolina Journal reported last week, the N.C. State Board of Education has delayed approval of two charter school applicants, North Raleigh Charter Academy and Wake Preparatory Academy, because…
  • John Locke Update

    Three Cheers for Charter Management Companies

    posted May 23, 2019 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The education establishment and their left-wing political allies frequently condemn companies that are contracted to operate public charter schools.  As part of his Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education,…
  • John Locke Update

    The Triumphs and Challenges of N.C. Charter Schools

    posted May 15, 2019 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    In 2011, Thom Tillis, Phil Berger, and the Republican leadership in the N.C. General Assembly removed the 100-school school cap included in the 1996 law that authorized the creation of…
  • John Locke Update

    An Overview of State Test Scores and Such

    posted September 6, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    On September 6, the State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction released state test scores and other accountability measures for the 2017-18 school year.  Compared to the…
  • John Locke Update

    Public Education Jobs, Jobs, and More Jobs

    posted July 26, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Education is a labor-intensive industry, and our public schools provide outstanding employment opportunities for a wide range of workers.  Last year, North Carolina’s public school districts and charter schools employed…
  • John Locke Update

    Don’t Expect Municipal Charter Schools to Open Soon

    posted June 8, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    House Bill 514/Session Law 2018-3 would allow four Mecklenburg County municipalities – Cornelius, Huntersville, Matthews, and Mint Hill – to undertake the charter school application process and, if successful,…
  • John Locke Update

    State Budget 2018: K-12 Education

    posted May 31, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Unphased by the recent teacher walkout, Republican lawmakers continue to invest in their policy priorities, including a fifth consecutive raise for teachers, raises for principals, expanded performance pay programs, new…
  • John Locke Update

    Do Charlotte’s Charter Schools Segregate?

    posted February 1, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Jenn Ayscue of The Civil Rights Project at UCLA and UNC Charlotte researchers Amy Hawn Nelson, Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, Jason Giersch, and Martha Cecilia Bottia published a report this week…
  • John Locke Update

    A Letter to School Choice Families

    posted January 25, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Dear School Choice Families, Let’s talk. This was National School Choice Week, and I am thrilled that your children attend a school of choice. You may be among those who…

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