School choice

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    Private school enrollment breaks 100,000 student barrier

    Home schools were not the only institutions to see enrollment gains. The Division of Non-Public Education also released private school statistics today.  Private school enrollment reached an all-time high during the 2016-17 school year – 100,585 students.  That was a 2,864 student or 2.9 percent increase since the 2015-16…
    Terry Stoops, July 19, 2017
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    Home school enrollment up 8 percent to 127,847 students

    According to the Division of Non-Public Education, North Carolina home schools educated an estimated 127,847 students during the 2016-17 school year.  The number of home school students increased by 8 percent, and the year-to-year increase was over 9,500 students. Wake County still leads the pack with nearly 12,000 home…
    Terry Stoops, July 19, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on school voucher supporters’ response to a flawed Duke law school study. John Hood’s Daily Journal explains why North Carolina’s close partisan divide is likely to persist.
    Mitch Kokai, July 17, 2017
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    Is “personal responsibility” an offensive concept?

    Last week, Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute posted a few observations about contemporary political discourse.  It includes a noteworthy anecdote. Example: I was at Columbia University earlier this year talking about Letters to a Young Education Reformer when, in response to a question, I suggested that many…
    Terry Stoops, July 10, 2017
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    Highlights of the NEA’s Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly

    Today, the National Education Association is wrapping up their 2017 Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly. While much of the coverage of the meeting has focused on the NEA’s “tougher stance” on charter schools, NEA delegates tackled many issues during their meeting. New Business Item 1 was adopted. …
    Terry Stoops, July 5, 2017
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    Religious freedom gets a boost from SCOTUS

    In a 7-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that a Missouri church was wrongly denied state funds for playground resurfacing. The ruling in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Mo. v. Comer may have broader implications for the school choice movement.  Education Week explains, The farther-reaching question underlying…
    Terry Stoops, June 27, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Regardless of President Trump’s stance on the Paris climate accord, Gov. Roy Cooper wants North Carolina to continue honoring the agreement. Rick Henderson discusses the governor’s climate statements and legislative reaction during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops describes the process he and…
    Mitch Kokai, June 16, 2017
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    A school voucher skeptic comes around

    Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, was a skeptic of vouchers until she considered how it could help her son succeed in school.  In an op-ed published by U.S. News and World Report, Lake writes, But my husband and I started adding up the money…
    Terry Stoops, June 13, 2017