• John Locke Update

    Are Gov. Cooper’s Executive Orders having devastating health effects?

    posted November 10, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    Lives are at stake. Are Gov. Cooper's lockdowns, business shutdowns and partial shutdowns, social-distancing policies, gathering bans, and myriad other restrictions on people, places, and events having devastating health effects on North Carolinians?
  • John Locke Update

    Why We Need the NC Threat-Free Index

    posted November 5, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    For many weeks I have been producing contextualized looks at North Carolina’s COVID-19 numbers. Recently, I’ve started calling it the “NC Threat-Free Index.” Here’s why. Round-the-clock virus coverage in…
  • John Locke Update

    Voters generally opt for status quo in school board races

    posted November 4, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    We know that the issues that confront public school parents and local taxpayers vary from one school district to another.  School board races highlight specific local concerns about property taxes,…
  • John Locke Update

    Remote learning and learning loss: America’s $14 trillion problem

    posted October 19, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    If large-scale in-class instruction does not resume until January 2021, the average student will have fallen behind by the equivalent of seven months of learning. For low-income, black, and Hispanic students, the loss may be much greater.
  • John Locke Update

    The Fog of Covid-19 Data: Hospitalizations and Deaths

    posted October 12, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    Last week I looked at how North Carolina uses a test cycle threshold that is several cycles past what the scientific consensus calls for, what virologists advise, and what the…
  • John Locke Update

    The Fog of COVID-19 Data: How many cases aren’t even cases?

    posted October 9, 2020 by Jon Sanders
    How many of North Carolina's "positive" cases would have been negative if the state's cycle threshold was more in line with research consensus, the CDC's recommendation, or the best advice from virologists?

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