John Locke Update / Impact Newsletter

Education spending, N.C. colonial history, and other items of interest

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The News & Observer‘s “WakeEd” blog noted this week: “The Wake County school system is getting some love from an unusual source in the John Locke Foundation.” That line references Terry Stoops’ column discussing North Carolina public school systems that get the best “bang for the buck.”

The Laurinburg Exchange and Lumberton Robesonian published Stoops’ recent column rebutting myths about teacher turnover in North Carolina publi schools. The Kernersville News ran John Locke Foundation Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders‘ column on problems associated with light-rail transit.

N.C. History Project Director Troy Kickler heads to Edenton today to sign copies of his new book, The King’s Trouble Makers: Edenton’s Role in Creating a Nation and State. The book details Edenton’s history in the context of the founding of the United States. The Chowan Herald reported on Kickler’s recent lecture to the Albemarle Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution about Samuel Johnston’s role as colonial governor and an American founder. promoted this week Sanders’ research newsletter on the negative impact of wind turbines, Katherine Restrepo’s analysis of numbers linked to Obamacare, and Sarah Curry’s newsletter on data linked to North Carolina Christmas tree production.

N.C. Senate Republicans promoted Restrepo’s column on the affordability of health care under Obamacare. The Beaufort Observer quoted Sanders in an article about charitable contributions tied to the family foundation of JLF Founding Chairman Art Pope.

The News & Observer interviewed Mitch Kokai about the latest push to enact electoral redistricting reform in North Carolina. An op-ed in the N&O mentioned JLF’s participation in the coalition seeking redistricting reform. The N&O‘s “Under the Dome” blog also cited JLF’s involvement in redistricting reform efforts.

The “N.C. Spin” website cited Kokai’s “Locker Room” blog entry on Peggy Noonan’s analysis of the botched Obamacare implementation. A WRAL web article on congressional candidate Phil Berger Jr. mentioned Berger supporter Chuck Fuller’s membership on the JLF board of directors.

A letter to the Salisbury Post‘s editor cited JLF’s efforts to promote online transparency among North Carolina local governments. (In 2012, Jim Sides preached on government transparency and made very effective changes in approving the rating of our county with the John Locke Foundation. I am never hesitant to give praise where it is due: that was a good thing for our county and I applaud Jim for those efforts.)

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