School choice

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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    N.C. legislators have loosed restrictions on the state’s targeted tax incentive program for economic development. Jon Sanders explains why that’s a bad idea during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops offers a firsthand account of North Carolina’s charter school development process. UNC-Chapel Hill business…
    Mitch Kokai, December 14, 2018
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    JLF’s Terry Stoops comments on non-religious home-school numbers to The State

    The State writes that religion is becoming less of a reason that parents are choosing to homeschool their children, Religious-based home-schoolers still make up the majority of registered home schools in North Carolina, but their percentage has been steadily dropping. Secular home-schoolers are now outgrowing religious home-schoolers, helping to…
    Anna Manning, December 3, 2018
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    A controversial $57.8 million fund tied to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline continues to raise red flags for state lawmakers. They’ve decided to hire an outside investigator to look into the fund’s creation. Rick Henderson assesses the latest developments in the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jordan…
    Mitch Kokai, November 30, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the uncertain fate of North Carolina’s state elections and ethics board. CJ Online also features an interview with Matthew Ladner of the Charles Koch Institute about a popular form of attack on school choice. The attack targets private school curricula.
    Mitch Kokai, November 30, 2018
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    The Opportunity Scholarship Program continues to grow

    The N.C. State Education Assistance Authority posted updated data on the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which awards private school vouchers to low-income children. Between 2017 and 2019, the Opportunity Scholarship Program had a 12.8 percent increase in applications and a 16 percent increase in recipients (so far).  Not bad!   2018-19…
    Terry Stoops, November 19, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on small N.C. towns that consider merging public services with larger neighbors. John Hood’s Daily Journal urges North Carolina to continue expanding access to parental school choice.
    Mitch Kokai, November 19, 2018
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    NC is 7th on CER’s Parent Power Index

    On the Center for Education Reform’s (CER) 2018 Parent Power Index, North Carolina is ranked 7th in the nation with an overall PPI score of 73.0 percent.  CER writes, Things are looking up for parents of the Tarheel state. Improvements to the state’s charter law and school…
    Terry Stoops, November 13, 2018
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    Local debt means future taxes

    A simple change to ballot language and another small change in ball could have huge impacts on local borrowing. Dan Way reported for Carolina Journal that “Debt fared better than taxes in local referendums.” Only one bond referendum failed. Wake County alone received permission from voters to issue $1.017 billion…
    Joseph Coletti, November 13, 2018