• John Locke Update

    Cooper’s state budget gambit is reckless

    posted June 15, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Gov. Cooper’s risky bet to keep spending like it’s 2019, despite a $1.6 billion loss of revenue between March and the end of June, is reckless and irresponsible with…
  • 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…
  • John Locke Update

    Spending, Tax Reform, and the North Carolina Economy

    posted November 25, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    As the 2020 election season gathers momentum, North Carolina’s tax reforms and demands for higher spending on any number of government programs will be front and center. One example is a…
  • John Locke Update

    Budget 2019: Extra Innings

    posted November 13, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    The state budget battle has entered extra innings. Gov. Cooper signed and vetoed another batch of mini budgets, the ninth round of budget-related legislation since his first budget veto on…
  • John Locke Update

    Compare State Education Systems With Caution

    posted November 12, 2019 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Last week, the Education Law Center published “Making the Grade 2019,”  a report that focuses exclusively on three categories of public school inputs: funding levels, distribution, and effort using…

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