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    An Education Savings Account Gives This Mom a Lifeline For Her Special-Needs Daughter

    Sometimes public policy can seem abstract and theoretical. Sometimes it’s hard to connect the dots between the decisions state lawmakers make, and the impact those decisions have on average people — on you and me. But on Monday, that connection was front and center at Locke’s Shaftesbury Society panel discussion…
    Donna Martinez, September 21, 2021
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    Teacher Shortage Spin

    Article title: ‘The bottom line is the kids will suffer:’ NC school districts struggle with job vacancies Evidence of “struggle” with vacancies (emphases added): “While it’s normal for districts to have some vacancies before the start of the year, this year feels different for many educators. “I think it…
    Terry Stoops, August 13, 2021
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    NC Schools: Every School Option in North Carolina

    Choosing the right school for your child can feel like an overwhelming task. North Carolina has so many different options for children across the state. We hope this comprehensive list will help you make the right choice in NC schools for your child. Our friends at Parents for Educational Freedom…
    Brenee Goforth, July 7, 2021
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    A special education savings account may be just the thing to address learning loss for NC students

    We know learning loss from months of remote learning is real. We don’t know how deep and how wide that loss is yet. We know many students are  suffering from failing grades and the despair and loss of confidence failing brings. The students we worry the most about in the…
    Becki Gray, April 16, 2021
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    “they smack of a lot of leftist talk”

    I pay close attention when I read or hear the words “leftist talk,” especially when it involves school-aged kids. The words I’m talking about now — “they smack of a lot of leftist talk” — come from our new Lt. Gov., Mark Robinson, the first African-American to hold the…
    Donna Martinez, January 28, 2021
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    VIDEO: North Carolina’s Teacher Attrition Rate Is Dropping

    We should be pleased North Carolina’s statewide teacher attrition rate is dropping. That’s just one of the conclusions reached by John Locke Foundation education expert Dr. Terry Stoops. In this interview with Donna Martinez of Carolina Journal Radio, Stoops explains how a dropping rate mitigates turnover costs, and…
    Donna Martinez, December 14, 2020
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    Teachers admit that students are not receiving a quality education via remote learning

    On Facebook, a teacher asked her colleagues, “Yes or no, do you feel your students are receiving a quality education via remote learning?”  Of the 265+ comments, I had a hard time finding a “yes” in the bunch.
    Terry Stoops, May 13, 2020
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    Dan Forest releases his education plan

    Gubernatorial candidate Dan Forest unveiled his education plan today.  There are four themes to the plan. Parents Pick Expand the Opportunity Scholarship program to every N.C. family. Level the playing field for high-quality charter schools Four in the Door A principal with full authority to hire and fire An…
    Terry Stoops, November 7, 2019