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First in Freedom, FCC mistakes, certificate of need in JLF research news

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A Newsmax column this week cited a recent New York Post column from John Locke Foundation Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoops. It emphasized New York state’s poor performance in the John Locke Foundation’s new First in Freedom Index. The N.C. Spin website,, and promoted Stoops’ column outlining the patterns of high salaries and high turnover rates among N.C. public school superintendents. The Mount Airy News published Stoops’ column on the millennial generation’s poor academic preparation. The N.C. Coalition of Home Educators promoted Stoops’ “Locker Room” blog entry on a controversial proposal to move homeschool oversight to the governor’s office.

A Sanford Herald letter writer cited information from a recent Stoops public appearance. (Dr. Terry Stoops, director of education studies at the John Locke Foundation, gave a speech in Lee County Monday evening with several interesting facts. North Carolina has been grading schools for 10 years with a poorly understood grading scale (Honor School of Excellence, School of Excellence, School of Distinction, School of Progress, Priority school, Low Performing School, and No Recognition). The A-F grading scales were put in place to be more easily understood by the public, specifically parents.)

The Wilson Times reported on Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sandersreport responding to the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to support Wilson’s challenge of state municipal broadband restrictions. (The John Locke Foundation in Raleigh issued a report this week calling the ruling a mistake. The report’s author, Jon Sanders, stated, “Granting the petition allows the city to continue to make questionable decisions beyond the reach of voters. Those decisions negatively affect Wilson voters’ taxes and electricity rates.”)

The Kernersville News published Sanders’ columns about certificate-of-need reform and the positive resolution of two occupational licensing battles in North Carolina, along with Director of Fiscal Policy Studies Sarah Curry‘s column analyzing Gov. Pat McCrory’s budget plan. The Yadkin Ripple picked up Katherine Restrepo’s column on the latest Obamacare-related case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. promoted Restrepo’s research newsletter on certificate-of-need reform. N.C. Senate Republicans promoted in their daily press email Curry’s column on targeted tax incentives and Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar Roy Cordato‘s newsletter critiquing Republicans’ decision to back away from official opposition to targeted tax breaks and corporate welfare. The N.C. Spin website also promoted Cordato’s corporate welfare commentary.

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