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    Economists: Voucher experimentation and evaluation should continue

    In “School Vouchers: A Survey of the Economics Literature” (Journal of Economic Literature 2017, 55(2), 441–492), researchers Dennis Epple, Richard Romano, and Miguel Urquiola examine the body of research on school vouchers.  They conclude that “the evidence does not make a case for wholesale adoption of vouchers, but does…
    Terry Stoops, June 7, 2017
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    Charles, Charles, Charles

    Charles Jeter, a former N.C. House member and current government relations coordinator for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, has a confession to make.  In an op-ed published by the Charlotte Observer, Jeter declares that he regrets voting for private school vouchers as a member of the legislature. He writes, “The problem…
    Terry Stoops, March 2, 2017
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    WRAL poll: Plurality support vouchers

    A WRAL News/SurveyUSA poll released Tuesday shows that there is solid support for private school vouchers in North Carolina. It was not long ago that the word “vouchers” would scare off a sizable chunk of poll respondents.  Not any more. Support for vouchers among Democrats…
    Terry Stoops, November 4, 2016
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    Private school fighting back against voucherphobia

    Private schools that accept voucher students need to push back against uninformed voucherphobes.  Here is a letter to the editor from Lauri Ake, principal of Fayetteville Christian School, that does just that: Fayetteville Christian School decided to become a participating school in the N.C. Opportunity Scholarship program three years…
    Terry Stoops, August 23, 2016
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    Does it matter if a candidate attended a public or private school?

    Incumbent Republican Tim Moffitt and Democrat Brian Turner are competing for the privilege of representing Asheville in the N.C. House. The Republican is a product of public education.  Rep. Moffitt and his children attended…
    Terry Stoops, October 17, 2014
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    Not so fast, NCAE…

    Barry Smith: Appeals Court Releases Voucher Money For Low-Income Students…
    Terry Stoops, September 19, 2014
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    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.
    Barry Smith, September 9, 2014
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    Opportunity Scholarships stay denied; case likely to return to Court of Appeals

    The Opportunity Scholarships legal wrangling continues. On Tuesday, the N.C. Supreme Court dismissed an effort to put a ruling by Superior Court Robert Hobgood declaring the voucher program unconstitutional until the case can be appealed. Instead, the states high court remarked that the effort to “stay” Hobgood’s…
    Barry Smith, September 2, 2014