Category Archives: School choice

Judge declares vouchers for low-income children unconstitutional

This morning, Superior Court Judge Hobgood ruled that the Opportunity Scholarship Program is unconstitutional. He claims that the program does not serve a public purpose and creates an unequal, supposedly unaccountable, system of schools. Let’s look back.  The action began in February when Judge Robert Hobgood issued an injunction that halted the state’s Opportunity ScholarshipContinue Reading

WSOC: “Parents, teachers frustrated by stoppage of Common Core”

Another misleading headline courtesy of WSOC in Charlotte. According to WSOC reporter Paige Hansen, parents and teachers are frustrated by stoppage of Common Core. There is just one problem.  Common Core hasn’t stopped.  Hansen even says so in her story. Common Core remains in place for the 2014-15 school year.  A standards review commission willContinue Reading

The information gap

The Education Next — Program on Education Policy and Governance — Survey 2014, a nationally representative sample of over 5,000 adults, was released today. As usual, I found that the “information gap” questions to be the most telling.  For example, respondents were asked to estimate the average per pupil expenditure for their local school district.Continue Reading

Florida’s tax credit scholarship program shows promise

This week, David Figlio published “Evaluation of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program: Participation, Compliance and Test Scores in 2012-13.”  The study is the latest in a series of mandated evaluations of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship (FTC) Program. Figlio concluded that the performance of FTC participants on norm-referenced tests of student performance met expectations.Continue Reading

Competing factions influence education debates

Organization and management development consultant Paul Slobodian, who’s also a trained psychologist, identifies four competing factions in the ongoing debates over education reform in North Carolina and across the country. He discussed those factions and their contrasting views during a presentation today to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society. In the video clip below, SlobodianContinue Reading

The promise and peril of opportunity scholarships in North Carolina

One day after a Superior Court judge agreed not to block the first distribution of opportunity scholarships — or school vouchers — in North Carolina, one of the scholarship program’s chief advocates discussed the program’s history during a Friedman Legacy Day lecture at the John Locke Foundation office. The lecture is named for the lateContinue Reading

New at Carolina Journal Online: Vouchers on!

In the latest CJ Online news story, Barry Smith reports that Judge Robert Hobgood has allowed funding to go forward for the Opportunity Scholarship Program, letting 2,400 low-income students attend private schools this fall. Hobgood also allowed Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis intervene in the lawsuit. Read Barry’s story here.

The jaw-dropping growth of homeschooling in N.C.

Earlier this month, I reported that the estimated number of homeschoolers hit an all-time high of 98,172 students during the 2013-14 school year. The N.C. Division of Non-Public Education published the disaggregated data this week, so I examined estimated homeschool enrollment, by county, over the last five years.  We know that the total number ofContinue Reading