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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Community college delivers real value

With the national debate about tax reform heating up, you’ll be hearing a lot about the difference between marginal and...

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Teacher pay deserves reasoned debate

Should public schoolteachers be compensated as professionals? All four panelists at a recent “Hometown Debate” staged at the Old Post Office...

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Choice and regulation form spectrum

Parental choice in education is popular. About a fifth of North Carolina students are educated outside of district-run public schools,...

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On reform, quicken the pace

The annual testing data and report cards for North Carolina’s public schools are out. Here are the headlines. Achievement rose...

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Exaggeration won’t stop school choice

During the 2016-17 academic year, nearly one out of five North Carolina children were educated in settings other than district-run...

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Subject mastery produced best teaching

While there is no shortage of opinions and controversy about how best to improve schooling, virtually everyone agrees that the...

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Average pay isn’t the point

The average pay received by public school teachers in North Carolina this year was $49,837, up four percent from the...

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Learning and winning go together

The first time I visited the campus of Duke University, I did so because Rand Paul asked me to. It...

 

School reform requires strong leaders

My father was Darth Vader. No, that doesn’t make me a Jedi Knight. My father was also Boss Hogg and...

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DeVos attackers surrender high ground

The recent appointment of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos exhibited much that is destructive, even demented, about our current political...

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State has big math problem

If North Carolina were to secede from the union and become an independent country — no, conspiracy theorists, I’m not...

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What happens after the voting?

As I write this, the balloting isn’t yet over in North Carolina. But here’s an election result I can forecast...