Category Archives: School choice

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

New Carolina Journal Online features

Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on a new national report that contends public charter schools offer more “bang for the buck” than traditional public schools. Terry Stoops’ Daily Journal targets three recent education studies from the UNC system that rely more on political goals than sound research.

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

After the recent high-profile U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, the federal Affordable Care Act still faces a number of other legal challenges. Katherine Restrepo discusses the road ahead for Obamacare during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Ham discusses the mainstream media’s increased reliance on press releases and decreasedContinue Reading

AFP: Trade N.C. film incentives funding for more opportunity scholarships

Americans for Prosperity has unveiled a new idea for boosting funding for North Carolina’s opportunity scholarship program. From an AFP news release: RALEIGH – With the state budget in deadlock, Americans for Prosperity urged Governor Pat McCrory and the General Assembly to put an end to expensive special interest subsidies to Hollywood film companies, andContinue Reading


According to the N.C. Division of Non-Public Education, the estimated number of homeschool students hit 98,172 during the 2013-14 school year. Just to put this in perspective: 1. This year’s enrollment represents the highest homeschool enrollment ever in North Carolina. 2. Homeschool enrollment increased by 10,194 students or 11.6 percent compared to last year. 3.Continue Reading

Gov. Pat McCrory pushes for charter school open records

Good news came from Gov. Pat McCrory’s office on Monday when he struck a blow for open government. He asked the General Assembly not to pass a bill that would exempt the names of charter school employees from public records, and threatened to veto such a bill if it reached his desk: “We need transparencyContinue Reading

About that call to expand Opportunity Scholarships …

I read recently the following. The author decried poverty in North Carolina, and among other things noted that “25% of our innocent children” and almost “40% of our children of color live in poverty.” The author says that “should shame us as a people.” The author furthermore warns against ignoring families in poverty, as ifContinue Reading