• John Locke Update

    Should the UNC System reduce tuition and fees?

    posted August 3, 2020 by Grey Davis
    While the majority of university faculty believe that online teaching is inferior to in-person instruction and invites academic fraud, UNC students now face a fall semester without the advantages…
  • John Locke Update

    Legislating “cancel culture” misses the point

    posted July 20, 2020 by Dominic Coletti
    In a City Journal article titled “Pushing Back on Cancel Culture,” law professors Robert Delahunty and John Yoo argue that Congress should extend civil rights protections to speech to…
  • 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…
  • John Locke Update

    The Limits of Government Reorganization and Reform

    posted June 28, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    What is the role of education in America?  What is government’s role in providing that education?  A new White House government reform plan states that education should provide students…
  • Press Release

    Report Examines State Debt Trends

    posted June 13, 2004
    RALEIGH — State lawmakers in Raleigh are currently debating bills that would authorize at least $760 million in new state debts — for land acquisition and for proposed University of…
  • Research Report

    Where to Find Savings: Benchmarking, Setting Priorities the Key to Balance

    posted May 31, 2004 by John Hood
    As the 2004-05 budget process continues, policymakers should use regional and historical benchmarks to identify where to look for savings. Among major budget items, North Carolina spending on K-12 education and law enforcement is at the regional average but its Medicaid and higher-education expenses are higher than in comparable states. Reasonable restraint would save enough money to repeal last year’s tax hikes and catch up on deferred repairs and renovations.
  • Press Release

    Court Rules Preferences Unconstitutional

    posted June 22, 2003
    RALEIGH — The U.S. Supreme Court has issued its decision in a much-awaited case involving racial preferences at the University of Michigan, but a North Carolina-based higher education analyst is…
  • Research Report

    The Freedom Budget: Nine Rs for North Carolina Fiscal Responsibility

    posted March 31, 2003 by Dr. Roy Cordato, Don Carrington, John Hood
    North Carolina faces significant fiscal and economic challenges over the next two years. But it need not resort to higher taxes, a state-run lottery, higher debt, or gimmickry to balance its budget. Nor does North Carolina need to skimp on crucial needs such as education and highways. By setting firm priorities within state government, eliminating unnecessary or duplicative programs, and charging users of some services a reasonable price, state leaders can generate sufficient savings to invest in the future needs of the state.
  • Press Release

    Forum to Discuss Academic Freedom, Teacher Training

    posted October 17, 2002
    RALEIGH — How far do free speech rights extend on university campuses primarily funded by taxpayers? How should North Carolina’s teachers be trained to meet the educational challenges of the…

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