• John Locke Update

    Should Lawmakers Grant Local Option Sales Tax Flexibility?

    posted May 14, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    In 2011, Buncombe County commissioners and the president of the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College promised voters that, if passed, a quarter-cent tax increase on the ballot that year would pay…
  • John Locke Update

    Broken Promises in Buncombe: A-B Tech’s Missing Money

    posted January 16, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    Buncombe County’s financial troubles will not end with the January 16th plea hearing of former county manager Wanda Greene in federal court or payment of her $750,000 settlement with the…
  • John Locke Update

    Can State Legislators Lower the Cost of College?

    posted October 25, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    High school seniors could apply to any community college, nearly all private colleges, and six of the 10 public universities in North Carolina for free last week (October 15-19) as…
  • Research Report

    Forsyth County Bond Referenda

    posted November 3, 2016 by Julie Tisdale
    Forsyth County residents will be voting next week on a set of bond issues totaling $430 million. The largest one is $350 million for local schools, but there are two…
  • John Locke Update

    One-Third Of Recent High School Graduates Need Remediation

    posted October 17, 2016 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Last year, 34 percent of 2015 high school graduates enrolled in one or more developmental math and/or English courses at a North Carolina community college.  This is a sharp decrease…
  • Research Report

    High School Graduation in NC: Quantity over quality?

    posted September 19, 2011 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Between 2006 and 2009, North Carolina’s graduation rate increased by 2.3 percent. At the same time, the community college remediation rate increased by 7 percent. Significant percentages of students enrolled in remedial courses suggest that the standards for high school graduation remain alarmingly low.

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