• John Locke Update

    One Governor Is Standing in the Way of Opening Schools

    posted March 8, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    "I am a Democrat. He’s the governor, and a Democratic governor.” And with that explanation, North Carolina state senator Paul Lowe cast the deciding vote to sustain Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of a bipartisan bill offering in-person learning for kids.
  • 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

    School ­­­Choice During the Pandemic

    posted December 17, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    There’s always been overwhelming support for programs offering school choice opportunities for disadvantaged and special-needs children assigned to underperforming or unsafe public schools. Modest investments in school choice programs can…
  • John Locke Update

    Teacher union bloggers attack Truitt as Mangrum campaign falters

    posted October 29, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The race is a dead heat even though Mangrum maintained a 6-to-1 fundraising advantage thanks to hefty contributions from the North Carolina Democratic Party, Lillian’s List, and the NCAE PAC. Notable individual donors included former governor James Hunt, documentary filmmaker Barb Lee, retired executive director of the National Education Association John Wilson, and Silicon Valley megadonor Karla Jurvetson.
  • John Locke Update

    The case against public-sector collective bargaining

    posted October 13, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Repealing the state's law against collective bargaining for public-sector employees would increase state government spending by between $889 million and $1.32 billion — a cost of $84.75 to $126.03 for each North Carolinian and a decrease in state gross domestic product.
  • 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

    Teacher Walkout Shortchanges Students

    posted May 1, 2019 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    While the media will be focusing on union activists at today’s teacher march, I’ll be thinking about a young man named Junior. In 2016, a sobering documentary titled “Raising…
  • John Locke Update

    Per-Student Expenditure Figures are Not Always Meaningful

    posted May 23, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Earlier this month, the National Education Association (NEA) released their annual “Rankings and Estimates” report.  In addition to North Carolina’s surge in average teacher pay, NEA researchers estimated…

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