Tag Archives: school choice

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 minority group.  By proposing to freezeContinue Reading

Choice Media releases school choice music video

“We Don’t Want School Choice (Options Are Bad)”

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 (PDF), and the justification for striking down the law seems odd toContinue Reading

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 change with the adoption of President Bush’sContinue Reading

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 that many children in southeast Raleigh wouldContinue Reading

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 side’s points. This did not haveContinue Reading

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 Academic Outcomes,” Justine Hastings, ChristopherContinue Reading

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 does identify one report that found thatContinue Reading