• 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

    Debt settlement is a better option for those who need it than bankruptcy

    posted September 3, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    It seems compassionate to prevent people in a bad situation from making a choice that people in better situations would not make. But this prohibition would have net negative outcomes for people owing to unforeseen, unintended consequences.
  • John Locke Update

    Not-quite-the-budget session begins today

    posted September 2, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Yesterday, NC legislators described their plan to use more than $1 billion from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Today, they will provide legislation and vote on it. But some differences between the governor's plan and the legislature's plan are already apparent.
  • John Locke Update

    Cooper and the NCAE play pandemic politics

    posted July 14, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Is the NC Association of Educators (NCAE) done playing nice with Gov. Cooper?  I have been thinking about that question ever since Bob Luebke of the Civitas Institute asked…
  • 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…

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