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N.C. fares well on school choice purchasing power ranking

EdChoice ranks private school choice programs based on their purchasing power, that is, a comparison of “each program’s most recent per-pupil spending to the state’s (or D.C.’s) average per-pupil spending in public schools.”  EdChoice researchers evaluated 63 programs, including three from North Carolina.

Two of North Carolina’s programs – the Education Savings Account and Disability Grant – fared well.  The Opportunity Scholarship Program, which is funded at the lowest amount per student, did not.

5. North Carolina’s Personal Education Scholarship Grants for Children with Disabilities (NR)
ESA | 104% of average per-pupil spending in North Carolina public schools | $8,899 (2018–19 projected)

9. North Carolina’s Special Education Scholarship Grants for Children with Disabilities (14)
Voucher | 84% of average per-pupil spending in North Carolina public schools | $7,129 (2018–19 projected)

33. North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarships (29)
Voucher | 48% of average per-pupil spending in North Carolina public schools | $4,062 (2018–19 projected)

The top program was Ohio’s Autism Scholarship Program, a voucher that is 196 percent of average per-pupil spending in Ohio public schools.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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