2023 was another banner year for school choice in NC

School choice advocates thought it couldn’t get any better than the successes and growth of the movement in 2022. But then 2023 came along. Both in North Carolina and across the nation, 2023 was a banner year for school choice. On the legislative front in the Tar Heel State, lawmakers approved a massive expansion of the state’s...

David N. Bass

NC Virtual Academy student medals at 2023 Parapan American Games

Evan Wilkerson, a 17-year-old Wake Forest student of the NC Virtual Academy, recently competed in the 2023 Parapan American Games held in Santiago, Chile, from Nov. 17-26, taking home silver and bronze medals as a member of Team USA. The Parapan American games, a multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities, was held in Chile for...

Zach Rounceville





The Debrief: Voter ID, Gen Z Shifting the Polls, and Rising Crime in our Schools

This week on “The Debrief”: *A new Civitas Poll is out this week – Voter ID retains strong approval among voters. *As 2024 looms, Gen Z could really start shifting electoral outcomes. *The State Board of Elections is preparing for a high stakes election year. *A stabbing at a local high school takes a young...


Locke’s Mitch Kokai analyzes lawsuit challenging NC state Senate election map

Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation senior political analyst, discusses a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s state Senate election map. Kokai offered these comments during the Nov. 24, 2023, edition of PBS North Carolina’s “State Lines.”

Mitch Kokai

Thanksgiving costs, crowded primaries, and education achievements

This week on “The Debrief”: *The cost of your Thanksgiving meal should be lower this year than last, but it’s still much higher than in the recent past. *Candidate filing starts Dec. 4, but we already have some crowded primaries for the 2024 elections in North Carolina. *Now that the General Assembly has finished its...


Civil Society


Ukrainian people in NC rally to support homeland 

As the Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine continues to escalate, North Carolina’s local Ukrainian population is rallying to bring attention to the suffering of people in their homeland and to gather supplies to help them. Donna Goldstein, co-president of the Ukrainian Association of North Carolina, finds herself at the forefront of these efforts.  Goldstein has...

David Larson

Why the Fourth Estate is in receivership

The fourth estate, journalism, is racing to receivership unless we can rescue it from its rapacious self. The hubris hasn’t always been this bad, this blatant, or this biased, yet it worsens daily. In the town I grew up in, Nashville, Tennessee, there were two newspapers in the 1950s and 1960s, one for the morning,...

Mark Herring