• John Locke Update

    How Much Does Government Spend on School Supplies?

    posted September 27, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This is the third of a three-part series examining the issue of school supplies.  Part 1 discussed family expenditures on classroom items.  Part 2 addressed teacher expenditures on…
  • John Locke Update

    How Much Do Teachers Spend on School Supplies?

    posted August 15, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This is the second of a three-part series examining the issue of school supplies.  Part 1 discussed family expenditures on classroom items.  Part 3 will assess state expenditures for…
  • John Locke Update

    Public Education Jobs, Jobs, and More Jobs

    posted July 26, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Education is a labor-intensive industry, and our public schools provide outstanding employment opportunities for a wide range of workers.  Last year, North Carolina’s public school districts and charter schools employed…
  • John Locke Update

    A Sustainable Path for Pension and Retiree Health Benefits

    posted July 26, 2018 by Joseph Coletti
    One reason teachers and state employees may not have seen the raises they wanted in recent years is that the government’s cost for pensions and retiree health benefits has climbed…
  • John Locke Update

    Are Teachers Mad or Satisfied? It Depends Who Asks

    posted June 13, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This month, the New Teacher Center released results from the 2018 North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey.  The survey is conducted every two years and captures the opinions of…
  • John Locke Update

    State Budget 2018: K-12 Education

    posted May 31, 2018 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Unphased by the recent teacher walkout, Republican lawmakers continue to invest in their policy priorities, including a fifth consecutive raise for teachers, raises for principals, expanded performance pay programs, new…
  • Research Report

    North Carolina: A Destination For Teachers

    posted April 5, 2017 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    During the 2015-16 school year, North Carolina licensed (via interstate reciprocity agreements) and subsequently employed 1,556 out-of-state teachers.1,2,3 At the same time, 828 public school teachers resigned to teach in other states. All told, the state imported 728 more teachers than it exported last year.
  • Research Report

    Common Core State Standards: The way forward

    posted February 18, 2014 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The NC General Assembly should create two permanent commissions charged with raising the quality and rigor of state standards, curricula, and assessments. Each commission should employ a large and diverse group of stakeholders and should modify or replace the Common Core State Standards, specify content that aligns with the standards, recommend a testing program, and provide ongoing review.
  • Research Report

    The First 100 Days: Eleven Action Items for the 2011 Legislative Session

    posted November 11, 2010 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    This report highlights eleven action items that North Carolina’s new General Assembly should seek to implement in the first 100 days of the 2011 legislative session. These items touch upon a cross section of public policy areas, including education, economic development, property rights, energy and the environment, health care, the budget, and transparency. We at the John Locke Foundation believe that these items represent straightforward actions that would greatly enhance the liberty and prosperity of North Carolina’s citizens.

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