Category Archives: School choice

NCLB-mandated turnover may have benefitted NC students

In a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study, Thomas Ahn of the University of Kentucky and Jacob Vigdor of the University of Washington examined the performance of North Carolina public school students who attended schools that were subject to sanctions under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.  Schools that did notContinue Reading

Not so fast, NCAE…

Barry Smith: Appeals Court Releases Voucher Money For Low-Income Students

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Medicaid expansion would end up being a bad deal for North Carolina. Katherine Restrepo explains why during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. State House Speaker Pro Tem Paul Stam touts recent developments in school choice for North Carolina families, and Jane Shaw of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy discusses efforts amongContinue Reading

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation awards a C to NC schools

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation just published Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Educational Effectiveness, which ranks states on nine indicators of K-12 performance, accountability, and transparency. North Carolina received a C overall.  In the Southeast, Kentucky, Florida, and Virginia were the only other states that did not receive a D orContinue Reading

Attorney Bob Orr says ‘no gamesmanship’ in Opportunity Scholarships timing

Bob Orr, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys in the lawsuit challenging Opportunity Scholarships, said there was no attempt to strategically calculate the timing of the legal action to try to disrupt the program in its first year. “It’s certainly no gamesmanship on the part of the plaintiffs,” Orr said Tuesday. In a CJ Online article,Continue Reading

Deja Vu All Over Again

Wait, did you say something about  “Propaganda machines on the Right” trying to convince us/people that the folks running the General Assembly support public education? Just joshing, man.  Fight the power!

New Carolina Journal Online features

Barry Smith reports for Carolina Journal Online that parents whose children won new N.C. opportunity scholarships are moving ahead with private school options, despite a judge’s decision to block the scholarships. The Daily Journal reviews a new book about the importance of a 1986 Reykjavik, Iceland, summit in ending the Cold War.

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Now that state lawmakers have finished their work for the year, Becki Gray assesses some of the 2014 legislative session’s most important accomplishments for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops analyzes a recent court ruling challenging North Carolina’s new Opportunity Scholarship Program. Robert Shibley of the Foundation for Individual Rights in EducationContinue Reading