• Press Release

    Charter schools would boost UNC teacher training

    posted December 3, 2007
    RALEIGH – The University of North Carolina could boost its teacher-training programs by starting charter schools at most UNC campuses. That’s the key recommendation in a new John Locke Foundation…
  • Press Release

    Tax advocates unwilling to spare their own money

    posted November 4, 2007
    RALEIGH – People who urge local governments to dig deeper into taxpayers’ pocketbooks seem unwilling to part with their own cash voluntarily. That’s the key conclusion in a new John…
  • Press Release

    Raising attendance age would fail struggling students

    posted May 30, 2007
    RALEIGH – Raising the mandatory school attendance age could cost North Carolina nearly $9 million a year, with no positive impact on the state’s graduation or dropout rates. That’s the…
  • Press Release

    N.C. students don’t need big buildings

    posted February 26, 2007
    RALEIGH – North Carolina can avoid large, expensive school buildings while working to improve student performance. That’s the key finding in a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report. Click…
  • Research Report

    Buildings Don’t Teach Students: North Carolina should concentrate on what goes on inside the buildings

    posted February 26, 2007 by Dr. Michael Sanera
    Unfortunately for North Carolina’s students, most of the adult debate over schools has focused on where to find the money to build the schools to accommodate its rapidly growing student population. Last year several NC counties passed bonded indebtedness of nearly $1.5 billion and presently counties and the state are discussing more bonds totaling an additional $3.6 billion.
  • Press Release

    The Buildings Don’t Teach the Students

    posted August 8, 2006
    RALEIGH – The Wake County Public School System could scale back its billion-dollar school construction and renovation plans without harm to student learning. That’s the key finding in a new…
  • Research Report

    Wake County’s Edifice Complex: Extravagant School Buildings Do Not Lead to Higher Student Achievement

    posted August 8, 2006 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Contrary to the claims of school officials and community leaders in Wake County, students do not necessarily perform better in schools that have fewer mobile units or temporary classrooms, more square feet per student, and more acreage. This finding is consistent with national and international research that found no consistent relationship between school facilities and learning. The Wake County Public School System can scale back their multi-billion construction and renovation plans without harm to student learning.
  • Research Report

    Truth on Teacher Shortage: Recruitment and retention a challenge, not a crisis

    posted November 3, 2004 by Dr. Karen Y. Palasek
    A recent report published by the NC Center for Public Policy Research concludes that North Carolina is facing a crisis in teacher recruitment and retention. But neither the data on projected student enrollment growth nor teacher retention rates justify such a harsh assessment. Clearly teacher recruitment and retention is a challenge that will always have to be met. The best approach is to reward those teachers who best foster achievement and to differentiate salaries among teachers according to supply and demand conditions in different disciplines.

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