• John Locke Update

    Teachers are staying put, and that’s good news

    posted December 2, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Public school advocacy organizations and teacher unions claim that educator attrition data indicate the health of the teaching profession. If that is the case, then they should be pleased that the rate continues to drop.
  • John Locke Update

    A Covid Misery Index

    posted December 1, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    Since each state’s business restrictions temporarily sacrifice jobs to save lives, a reasonable question would be, “How are states doing?” That is the point of the Covid Misery Index, which measures each state on jobs lost per million state residents since February and the number of Covid-related deaths per million state residents.
  • John Locke Update

    The precautionary principle should apply to alleged nationwide election fraud

    posted November 30, 2020 by Dr. Donald R. van der Vaart
    If voter fraud was actually as pervasive as some are claiming, the future of free and open elections would be in serious doubt. Indeed, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others warned that problems with electronic voting machines “threaten the integrity of our elections.”
  • John Locke Update

    State revenue picture continues to improve

    posted November 23, 2020 by Joseph Coletti
    North Carolina state government continued to have strong finances seven months after the economy first began to slow in March. Budget writers should nevertheless be cautious about adding spending commitments, however.
  • John Locke Update

    Time to amend the Emergency Management Act, continued

    posted November 19, 2020 by Jon Guze
    Cooper will continue to occupy the Governor’s mansion, and he’s made it very clear he intends to go on issuing lockdown orders without COS concurrence. Which raises a question for those of us who still object to those orders: what can we do about them now?
  • John Locke Update

    Businesses are closing forever as Cooper plays favorites

    posted November 17, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    Back in September, a survey of Raleigh businesses conducted by Shop Local Raleigh found that 60 percent of small businesses in Raleigh were threatened with closure. That same month…
  • John Locke Update

    Looking on the bright side: a 2020 election dialogue

    posted November 12, 2020 by Jon Guze
    My level of anxiety increased steadily throughout the summer as each morning brought news of more violent protests in cities across the country and as the Democrats pursued their relentless attack on state election laws. As I looked at the election returns on the morning of November 4, however, I suddenly felt much better. Here’s how I explained it to a friend.
  • John Locke Update

    Schools are not a big driver of COVID-19 cases

    posted November 11, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Schools are finally beginning to reopen. The urgency of resuming in-person instruction cannot be overstated. Not only has it taken a toll on students’ mental health, learning losses exacerbated by remote learning are devastating and will be most severe among our most vulnerable student populations.

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