• 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

    Why Are Parents So Angry?

    posted October 7, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Parents want public schools to focus on academics and implement coronavirus mitigation policies that acknowledge the costs and unsettled questions associated with masks and vaccines. The erosion of trust between public schools and families feeds the perception that board members, school administrators, and educators are not listening to parents’ legitimate concerns. Adding to the frustration is the fact that taxpayers realize that they have limited options: elect a new school board majority or enroll their children in a school of choice.
  • John Locke Update

    Mask Wars? There Is a Way Forward

    posted September 15, 2021 by Dr. Robert Luebke
    School districts' mask requirements reveal deep differences about who should make decisions about children’s health and how they are educated. Florida allows parents of children who were threatened or bullied because of mask choice to attend another public or private school of their choice. North Carolina should consider similar legislation; giving parents the choice over how and where their child is educated is key to ending the mask wars.
  • John Locke Update

    What Are School Mask Mandates Doing to Children?

    posted September 7, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    Nearly every public school district in North Carolina is forcing face masks on students. Researchers are sounding the alarm about the psychological, physical, social, developmental, and academic harms of masks on young schoolchildren. With the benefits so uncertain and the potential costs so large, we must be asking whether these mandates are really worth it.
  • John Locke Update

    To mask, or not to mask, that is the question

    posted July 15, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    North Carolina is one of only ten states that continue to schoolchildren to all be masked. Elected officials want mask policies to be in the hands of local communities and not the Cooper administration. A recent ABC Science Collaborative study of COVID-19 transmission in schools is misleading and ignores scientific research on the harms of face coverings.
  • John Locke Update

    Worried About Critical Race Theory? Tell School Boards to Get to Work

    posted June 16, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    State law empowers school boards to establish policies to ensure adherence to the code of ethics for North Carolina educators, which requires that teachers "not proselytize for personal viewpoints that are outside the scope of professional practice." School boards have broad authority to make curriculum decisions, select instructional materials, and create community media advisory committees tasked with addressing concerns about the appropriateness of textbooks and other resources.
  • John Locke Update

    Voters generally opt for status quo in school board races

    posted November 4, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    We know that the issues that confront public school parents and local taxpayers vary from one school district to another.  School board races highlight specific local concerns about property taxes,…
  • John Locke Update

    Who Will Save the Public Schools of Robeson County?

    posted June 6, 2019 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    It is not difficult to understand why the editors of Business North Carolina and The Robesonian have asked the state to assist the Public Schools of Robeson County.
  • Research Report

    Crucial Questions: A Checklist for School Board Candidates and Citizens

    posted September 2, 2009 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    According to the North Carolina General Statutes, school boards have three broad functions: 1) to maintain general control and supervision of all matters pertaining to the public schools, 2) to enforce and execute the school law, and 3) to ensure that the administration of schools is efficiently and more economically accomplished. To simplify the process of understanding the work of school boards, the John Locke Foundation has developed a checklist for school board candidates and citizens.

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