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    Parents very satisfied with Opportunity Scholarships

    N.C. State researchers Anna Egalite, Ashley Gray, and Trip Stallings recently published “Parent Perspectives: Applicants to North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program Share Their Experiences.”  The report surveys the opinions of recipients and non-users of the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which offers $4,200 private school vouchers for children from low-income families.
    Terry Stoops, July 28, 2017
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    On choice, Hood urges rational debate while N&O editors rage

    When editorial boards write nonsense like this… In other words, the public school system that Republicans so gleefully attack changed North Carolina for the better and gave millions of North Carolina children some opportunities they wouldn’t have had otherwise. Republicans who want to destroy that system seem bent on…
    Terry Stoops, July 26, 2017
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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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    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