• John Locke Update

    The Government Comes for Parents

    posted October 8, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Rising tensions between school officials and parents are real, but they are not cause for concern. Attorney General Merrick Garland agreed to use U.S. Department of Justice resources to address National School Boards Association concerns about purported threats of violence and acts of intimidation against school board members. Cooper and state education officials should send a joint letter to the Department of Justice declining federal assistance unless confronted with irrepressible violence at school board meetings.
  • John Locke Update

    North Carolina Schools are flush with Covid-19 cash. Will they use it wisely?

    posted September 30, 2021 by Dr. Robert Luebke
    Federal Covid legislation has brought over $6 billion in funding to North Carolina schools. The additional money equates to approximately $3,900 per student, almost four times the 2019-20 annual federal per-student expenditure ($994). Pressure to spend the money wisely is real — and good — because resources used to address specific Covid-related needs, expand student and parental options, and tie spending to the student will be money well spent.
  • John Locke Update

    Nearly 90% of Covid Relief Funds Allotted to School Districts Still Unspent

    posted July 14, 2021 by Dr. Robert Luebke
    K-12 public school districts in North Carolina have received about $6 billion in federal funds to help address the coronavirus pandemic. On average, since last March, school districts have spent about 11% of funds appropriated for Covid relief. The low level of expenditures raise legitimate questions about the nature of the emergency and how federal dollars are spent.
  • John Locke Update

    School Choice Keeps Growing Thanks to Cooper and Cohen

    posted July 7, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    State reopening mandates led to sizable increases in home and private school enrollment during the 2020-21 school year. According to statistics published by the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education, homeschool enrollment soared by 20.6% (not a typo) and private school enrollment increased by 3.3%. An estimated 23% of North Carolina families selected a home, private, or charter school last school year.
  • John Locke Update

    Fordham Institute pans North Carolina’s new social studies standards

    posted June 29, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    A majority of State Board of Education members approved the controversial K-12 social studies standards in February 2021. A new report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute awarded North Carolina’s new civics and government standards a D− and our U.S. history standards an F. Despite this assessment, plans are underway to implement the new standards in the fall unless the General Assembly intervenes.
  • John Locke Update

    Teacher Pay: A Look at the Last Decade

    posted June 3, 2021 by Dr. Robert Luebke
    Overall, North Carolina teacher pay has improved despite periods of no or moderate pay increases. North Carolina ranks 34th nationally and 2nd in the Southeast in teacher pay. The increase in teacher benefits — specifically the rising cost of retirement benefits — is the biggest reason for the escalating costs of teacher compensation.
  • John Locke Update

    How much do teachers make in North Carolina? It depends who you ask

    posted April 30, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    For 2020-21, North Carolina’s average teacher salary is $54,392, which is ranked 34th in the nation according to the National Education Association. The statewide average salary increased by around 21 percent between 2014 and 2021. The NC Association of Educators insists that the calculation of the average is flawed.
  • John Locke Update

    The Leandro long game: How the Left has weaponized a 27-year-old court case

    posted March 30, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The new Comprehensive Remedial Plan to comply with the Leandro ruling lacks critical details for how its measures would provide all public school children a sound basic education. Democrats and activists are pressuring the Republican-led General Assembly to adopt these expensive proposals — or the judge to force them despite the constitutional separation of powers.
  • John Locke Update

    Families should be outraged that Democrats rejected in-person learning legislation

    posted March 2, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Senate Democrats pledged unwavering allegiance to the North Carolina Democratic Party, the N.C. Association of Educators, and the advocacy groups that ignore the overwhelming support for in-person instruction and the mounting academic and social/emotional needs of public school students.
  • John Locke Update

    Social studies standards would guarantee another generation of ignorant adults

    posted February 3, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    North Carolina needs social studies standards focused on civic literacy and dedicated to providing students a balanced perspective of American history. A balanced view does not attempt to conceal the nation’s mistakes. Instead, it gives equal weight to failures and successes. It identifies errors and facts. It affirms our ideals, even as we work to create a society that honors them.

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