• John Locke Update

    The Triumphs and Challenges of N.C. Charter Schools

    posted May 15, 2019 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    In 2011, Thom Tillis, Phil Berger, and the Republican leadership in the N.C. General Assembly removed the 100-school school cap included in the 1996 law that authorized the creation of…
  • John Locke Update

    Can Government Rebuild Social Capital?

    posted January 30, 2019 by Joseph Coletti
    Nathan Glazer died last week at the age of 95. He was one of the original neo-conservatives, when the term still meant “a liberal who has been mugged by reality.”…
  • John Locke Update

    The Triumph of Homeschooling in North Carolina

    posted August 15, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Reprinted from the August 2018 issue of Carolina Journal. One of the cardinal rules of public policy writing for a general audience is that the author should not overload…
  • John Locke Update

    Homeschooling Questions and Answers

    posted July 12, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    How many children are homeschooled? According to data recently released by the N.C. Division of Non-Public Education, an estimated 135,749 students enrolled in homeschools last year, a 6.2 percent…
  • John Locke Update

    Scholarship Program is a Worthwhile Investment

    posted June 29, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Debate over the impact of the Opportunity Scholarship Program was renewed recently when N.C. State researchers Anna Egalite, D.T. Stallings, and Stephen Porter published a study that found…
  • John Locke Update

    Don’t Expect Municipal Charter Schools to Open Soon

    posted June 8, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    House Bill 514/Session Law 2018-3 would allow four Mecklenburg County municipalities – Cornelius, Huntersville, Matthews, and Mint Hill – to undertake the charter school application process and, if successful,…
  • John Locke Update

    Do Charlotte’s Charter Schools Segregate?

    posted February 1, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Jenn Ayscue of The Civil Rights Project at UCLA and UNC Charlotte researchers Amy Hawn Nelson, Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, Jason Giersch, and Martha Cecilia Bottia published a report this week…
  • John Locke Update

    Complacency Puts N.C. Charter School Movement At Risk

    posted November 16, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Since the election of Republican legislative majorities in 2010, charter schools have enjoyed a winning streak of pro-charter legislation and policy.  Those victories included the removal of the 100-school cap,…
  • John Locke Update

    District Enrollment Dips as Charters Surge

    posted August 22, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Last week, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction published the final enrollment numbers for the 2016-17 school year.  Overall, there was a nearly 4,500-student or 0.3 percent year-to-year decrease in…
  • John Locke Update

    A Banner Year for School Choice in North Carolina

    posted July 20, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Allow me to recommend a new state nickname for North Carolina: The School Choice State. The N.C. Division of Non-Public Education released private and home school statistics this week.  As…

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