K-12 education

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    AFC school choice poll released

    The American Federation for Children (AFC) released its annual school choice poll.  Overall, it shows that school choice is popular among most subgroups.  According to the poll, support is particularly strong in the African American and Latino communities.  Here are a few items of note: School choice support overall: …
    Terry Stoops, January 24, 2020
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    Next Shoe Drops In the Leandro Education Finance Case

    On Tuesday, January 21, the parties in the decades-old Leandro lawsuit received a court order from Judge David Lee. Carolina Journal’s Lindsay Marchello explains: Lee issued a 34-page order Tuesday, Jan. 21, during a meeting with the parties in the decades-old case. Leandro, a court battle that started in 1994, cemented the…
    Brenee Goforth, January 23, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    John Trump reports for Carolina Journal Online on new Publisher Amy Cooke, who is also the new CEO of the John Locke Foundation. Watch Donna Martinez’s interview with Amy Cooke. Terry Stoops’ Daily Journal says it would be unwise at best to allow one consultant’s report to…
    Mitch Kokai, January 23, 2020
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    EdBuild: N.C. school district borders do not segregate

    In the 2020 update to Fault Lines: America’s Most Segregating School District Borders, EdBuild researchers write, In a similar vein, consider North Carolina, an economically diverse state that might be expected to contain some steeply segregating school district borders. But North Carolina has few of…
    Terry Stoops, January 22, 2020
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    Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue at the Supreme Court

    Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, which challenges the use of the state’s Blaine amendment to torpedo a tax credit scholarship law. Blaine amendments prohibit the state from directly or indirectly allocating government dollars to faith-based organizations or programs.  North Carolina…
    Terry Stoops, January 22, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on the latest court order in the long-running Leandro school funding court case. John Hood’s Daily Journal urges reforms that would boost access to affordable housing.
    Mitch Kokai, January 22, 2020
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    JLF mentioned in new anti-choice book

    In “Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America’s Public Schools,” Diane Ravitch calls the John Locke Foundation (and other free-market groups) “disrupters.”  That is flattering.  We are disrupters of the status quo that she champions. (By the way,…
    Terry Stoops, January 21, 2020
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    Snapshot of the Day: Parents Choose

    One in five of North Carolina’s school-aged kids is educated outside a traditional public school classroom. Join us Monday when we host entrepreneur and school-choice advocate Bob Luddy. Lundy’s presentation is part of National School Choice Week.
    Donna Martinez, January 21, 2020