• John Locke Update

    Looking on the bright side: a 2020 election dialogue

    posted November 12, 2020 by Jon Guze
    My level of anxiety increased steadily throughout the summer as each morning brought news of more violent protests in cities across the country and as the Democrats pursued their relentless attack on state election laws. As I looked at the election returns on the morning of November 4, however, I suddenly felt much better. Here’s how I explained it to a friend.
  • John Locke Update

    Leandro defendants begin implementing a misguided action plan for schools

    posted September 8, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The remedial plan requires more than just the cooperation of the General Assembly. Instead, it requires the defendants to coordinate with multiple entities that never have been involved in the Leandro case or have only a tangential connection to it.
  • John Locke Update

    New rules won’t fix the redistricting process

    posted February 27, 2020 by Mike Schietzelt
    “Redistricting is a lot like completing a homework assignment, turning it in, and only then being told what the assignment was.” Brent Woodcox, special counsel at the General Assembly, drew…
  • John Locke Update

    Shortcomings of the WestEd report: Student achievement

    posted February 19, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This review of “Sound Basic Education for All: An Action Plan for North Carolina” by California-based consultant WestEd will focus on student performance.  “Sound Basic Education for All” offers…
  • John Locke Update

    Shortcomings of the WestEd report: Resources

    posted February 12, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    In 2017, the plaintiffs and defendants in Leandro v. State of North Carolina agreed to allow an independent consultant to advise Judge David Lee on how to proceed in the…
  • John Locke Update

    Leandro measures will fail under current governance system

    posted February 5, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Roy Cooper observed that “it doesn’t work too well.” John Hood noted that its policies “confuse the public and confound effective management.” Scott Mooneyham called it an “idiotic…
  • John Locke Update

    WestEd, the Courts, and the State Constitution

    posted December 12, 2019 by Joseph Coletti, Dr. Terry Stoops
    Supporters of higher taxes cheered the WestEd report on North Carolina schools that became public on December 10th, five months after Judge David Lee received it. Until Judge Lee…

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