• 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…
  • John Locke Update

    The Charter School Money Drain Blame Game

    posted January 18, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    A new working paper by Helen Ladd and John Singleton, The Fiscal Externalities of Charter Schools: Evidence from North Carolina, appears to confirm the long-held suspicions of district school advocates…
  • John Locke Update

    Opportunity for Success in Charlotte

    posted December 13, 2017 by Joseph Coletti
    Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan is right that the businesses and people of Charlotte and the rest of North Carolina “have a duty” to improve economic mobility. There…
  • John Locke Update

    Complacency Puts N.C. Charter School Movement At Risk

    posted November 16, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Since the election of Republican legislative majorities in 2010, charter schools have enjoyed a winning streak of pro-charter legislation and policy.  Those victories included the removal of the 100-school cap,…

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