school choice

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    Cooper’s budget throws ethnic/racial minority students under the bus

    Governor Roy Cooper’s budget would discontinue the expansion of the Opportunity Scholarship Program, funding scholarships only for those low-income children already receiving them. According to the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority, 59 percent of the nearly 5,500 low-income students receiving an Opportunity Scholarship belong to an ethnic or racial…
    Terry Stoops, March 1, 2017
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    Choice Media releases school choice music video

    “We Don’t Want School Choice (Options Are Bad)”…
    Terry Stoops, October 12, 2015
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    Judge Hobgood’s order striking down vouchers

    A week ago, Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood issued an injunction preventing the first round of Opportunity Scholarships, or vouchers, from being issued to the parents who applied for them. (See here, here, and here for more.) Hobgood’s 16-page order is now available (…
    Rick Henderson, February 28, 2014
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    Decentralization Best in Education

    Today’s editorial from the Washington Times highlights problems associated with top down government intervention in education. When Jimmy Carter opened the Department of Education, Uncle Sam was supposed to be just a financier doling out money to schools. Federal law prohibited the department from writing the curriculum or selecting “instructional materials.” Things began to…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, May 30, 2013
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    John Amanchukwu: Big man, big heart

    John Amanchukwu is Executive Director of Upper Room Christian Academy, a private religious school in southeast Raleigh.  His passion for educating children is much larger than his 6’6″, 280 pound frame.  In fact, his personality, not his size, is what you remember most after meeting him. John observes…
    Terry Stoops, October 16, 2012
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    Won’t Back Down review worth reading

    New York Post film critic Kyle Smith deserves a Pulitzer Prize for his review of Won’t Back Down. The rousing school-choice movie “Won’t Back Down” is (already!) inspiring teachers’ unions to protest it with its standard dial-a-mob tactics, but the film makes a serious effort to present the other…
    Terry Stoops, September 28, 2012
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    More evidence that school choice works

    A new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study written by a few Ivy League economists concluded that students who won a school choice lottery had significantly higher test scores and fewer suspensions and absences than those who did not. In “The Effect of School Choice on Intrinsic Motivation and…
    Terry Stoops, August 20, 2012
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    Savings from tax credit scholarships

    Today, the Budget and Tax Center (BTC), a project of the NC Justice Center, published a report that pans a bipartisan tax credit scholarship bill, House Bill 1104.  It does not actually quantify how the bill would “decrease available funding for public education” in North Carolina, but it…
    Terry Stoops, June 14, 2012