John Locke Update / Impact Newsletter

Problem teachers, lottery concerns, Map Act, and more from JLF researchers

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A recent national report suggests North Carolina fails in its job of screening new public school teachers to ensure the bad apples aren’t placed in the state’s classrooms. John Locke Foundation Director of Research and Education Studies Terry Stoopscolumn on the topic attracted attention from the Lumberton Robesonian, N.C. Spin website, and N.C. Senate Republicans. WPTF Radio’s Bill LuMaye interviewed Stoops on the subject.

The Chatham Journal picked up Stoops’ research newsletter on recent charter school developments, and the Durham Independent Weekly‘s blog noted his recent published comments on teacher recruitment. The Smoky Mountain News quoted both Stoops and Director of Regulatory Studies Jon Sanders in an article about the government-run state lottery.

Sanders traveled to Kansas this week to testify before that state’s House and Senate Commerce committees about occupational licensing. The N.C. Spin website picked up his column on the problems linked to economic impact studies.

The Lumberton Robesonian and N.C. Spin website promoted Vice President for Research and Resident Scholar Roy Cordato‘s column contrasting Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ policy preferences with real socialism. N.C. Spin also cited an article quoting Health and Human Services Policy Analyst Katherine Restrepo on Medicaid reform, along with her “Locker Room” blog entry on the same topic.

Director of Legal Studies Jon Guze spoke to a group of University of North Carolina law, planning, and public administration students about a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s controversial Map Act. N.C. Senate Republicans’ daily press email cited City and County Policy Analyst Julie Tisdale‘s column on local governments sticking to their core functions.

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