John Hood

John Hood is president of the John William Pope Foundation, a North Carolina-based grantmaker, and author of Catalyst: Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans (John F. Blair, 2015).

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Perspective | Change how we pay teachers

About this time last year, progressive activists and Democratic politicians were trumpeting the news that North Carolina was 49th in the...

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State ranks high in college funding

North Carolina appropriates less taxpayer money to state colleges and universities in real terms than it did before the onset...

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Respond wisely to offensive speech

A few weeks ago, a Palestinian hip-hop artist named Tamer Nafir performed what he himself labeled an “anti-Semitic” rap during a conference...

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Train and pay principals wisely

I believe that the leadership ability and management practices of school principals have a large effect on how well teachers...

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Don’t backslide on teacher pay reform

In any human enterprise as complex, varied, and challenging as education, we shouldn’t expect a great deal of consensus, much...

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Forums will reconnect North Carolina

I was born in Charlotte. But I grew up in rural Mecklenburg County. There used to be such a place...

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Get ready for smaller districts

The average public-school district in the United States enrolls about 3,700 students, according to a recent Governing magazine analysis. In...

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North Carolina excels in school value

If I told you that North Carolina had one of America’s top-ranked systems of public education, there are at least...

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Deeper discussion needed on schools

Massachusetts has consistently been at or near the top of the list in reading and math achievement, according to the...

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Colleges merit more than lip service

It has long been commonplace for North Carolina politicians to lavish generous praise on community colleges. Alas, this praise is...

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Parents count when judging schools

If students in charter schools perform no better on standardized tests, all other things being held equal, than their peers...

 

Carolina needs civil, curious leaders

If you are involved in politics and public policy in North Carolina, I have some unwelcome news: lots of North...