• John Locke Update

    Cooper’s reckless budget, Part 1: Overview

    posted April 12, 2021 by Joseph Coletti
    Cooper’s 2021-23 biennium budget is more a political statement than a realistic proposal. It would leave state government fiscally fragile and at greater risk of layoffs and tax increases in a future recession.
  • John Locke Update

    Average teacher pay is stagnant, and Democrats and the pandemic are to blame

    posted April 8, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Since 2019, after rocketing upward for seven years, North Carolina’s average teacher salary has increased by only $452, or 0.8 percent. Democratic obstructionism and uncertain economic conditions at the height of the pandemic led to two consecutive years of negligible salary growth.
  • John Locke Update

    Buttress rules review in NC with legislative rules ratification of costly rules

    posted April 7, 2021 by Jon Sanders
    Even though state agencies craft rules on authority given them by the General Assembly, it's very difficult for the legislature to disapprove a rule. HB 327, a bill to clarify the process by which legislators can review rules, should add the legislative rules ratification process that's worked well in Florida for over a decade.
  • John Locke Update

    Cooper’s budget is just a Christmas list for cronies

    posted April 5, 2021 by Brian Balfour
    Cooper’s budget proposal is an unrealistic political document, not a serious budget plan. It would increase budgeted expenditures over the current year by 11.6 percent. The budget would direct hundreds of millions to cronies and “niceties” that are outside the core functions of state government.
  • John Locke Update

    Cooper’s education budget: following the money tells you a lot

    posted April 1, 2021 by Dr. Robert Luebke
    Cooper recommends 11 and 16 percent spending increases for K-12 public education for the next biennium, focusing on teacher and administrator pay increases, bonuses, hiring more staff and raising pay to $15/hour for noncertified staff.
  • John Locke Update

    Policy differences across states have little impact on Covid Misery Index

    posted March 31, 2021 by Joseph Coletti
    It is not clear that states have sacrificed jobs to save lives or sacrificed lives to save jobs. North Carolina now does well on the combined impact of Covid deaths and lost jobs. This analysis does not, however, include other causes of death, mental health issues arising from isolation, learning losses in K-12 schools, or increases in child abuse and domestic violence that could be costs of tighter restrictions.
  • John Locke Update

    The Leandro long game: How the Left has weaponized a 27-year-old court case

    posted March 30, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The new Comprehensive Remedial Plan to comply with the Leandro ruling lacks critical details for how its measures would provide all public school children a sound basic education. Democrats and activists are pressuring the Republican-led General Assembly to adopt these expensive proposals — or the judge to force them despite the constitutional separation of powers.
  • John Locke Update

    Legislation responds to parents’ desire for more educational options

    posted March 25, 2021 by Dr. Robert Luebke
    HB 32 would expand eligibility for the Opportunity Scholarship program, peg the scholarship award to a percentage of state per-pupil support, and combine existing special-needs programs into one. SB 297 would give homeschool families a nonrefundable state tax credit of up to $1,000 per child.

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