The John Locke Foundation’s research into teacher compensation is attracting attention beyond North Carolina, as the Peach Pundit website promoted a newspaper column this week highlighting Terry Stoops’ work comparing states on the basis of teacher earnings. Meanwhile, Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders caught Carolina Plott Hound’s eye with a Right Angles blog entry analyzing media coverage of U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers‘ activity during a recent congressional trip to Israel. followed up its recent interview with Sanders about film incentives by seeking reaction from the N.C. Film Office.

The Greensboro News & Record quoted Piedmont Publius blogger Sam Hieb‘s observations about the departure of the Guilford County school board’s most conservative member. The Southport State Port Pilot quoted JLF research in an article about inclusionary zoning. (Critics of inclusionary zoning, particularly free-market think-tanks, call it an unfair burden on private businesses, especially in cases where the government would set the home’s selling price. “Inclusionary zoning functions as a tax on homebuilders,” stated a piece published by the conservative John Locke Foundation. “As a result, builders will produce fewer homes. Some may even choose to do business in neighboring municipalities without inclusionary zoning ordinances.”)

Students’ return to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill already has led to three JLF appearances in The Daily Tar Heel. Student writers interviewed Mitch Kokai about North Carolina’s status as a “purple state” and the impact of the governor’s race on higher education funding. Kokai also took part in a DTH video panel discussion about the upcoming election.

Next Monday’s John Locke Foundation Shaftesbury Society speaker, Ray Nothstine of the Acton Institute, previewed his appearance on Acton’s “PowerBlog.”