School choice

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    Baker Mitchell: “The Smear Campaign Against Charters”

    In an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal, Baker Mitchell, founder of the North Carolina-based Roger Bacon Academy charter schools, confronts charges that North Carolina charters are producing resegregation.  Mitchell writes, Charges of racism are intended to divert attention from the failure of traditional public schools to…
    Terry Stoops, August 14, 2019
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    N.C. charter schools boost civic outcomes

    According to a study published by the Annenberg Institute at Brown University, The study, released in June, found that eighth-grade students in traditional public schools in North Carolina who transitioned to a charter high school had more positive behavioral outcomes than their peers who went on to a district…
    Terry Stoops, August 14, 2019
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    School choice’s benefits in Colombia

    Corey DeAngelis writes for the Cato Institute about one Latin American country’s positive experience with school choice. There’s an ongoing debate about how we should evaluate the effectiveness of school choice policies. Last month, two education professors argued that standardized test scores should be “the measure of success.”…
    Mitch Kokai, August 12, 2019
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    CJ Commentary: School funds should follow child

    This week, Carolina Journal published an opinion piece by syndicated columnist John Hood on the funding of public schools. In his piece, Hood argues for a systematic change in the way North Carolina funds public education. Hood points to a new study jointly issued by the California-based Reason Foundation…
    Brenee Goforth, August 5, 2019
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    Are Charter Schools “Starving” Traditional Public Schools?

    Earlier Today, JLF’s Vice President for Research & Director of Education Studies, Dr. Terry Stoops, published a research brief on the growth of student enrollment in private, charter, and home schooling. In his brief, he exemplifies the misconceptions many people have about school choice with a quote from the…
    Brenee Goforth, July 26, 2019
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    JLF’s Terry Stoops Appears on Capital Tonight to Comment on Virtual Charter Cap

    Earlier this week, JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops appeared on Capital Tonight to speak about the current bill to raise the enrollment cap for Virtual Charter School, NC Virtual Academy. Among other things, Senate Bill 392 would remove the maximum student enrollment cap for a virtual charter school and…
    Brenee Goforth, July 24, 2019
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    CJ Reports: DeVos, Forest pitch Education Freedom Scholarships

    Last week, Carolina Journal’s Leonard Robinson III reported on a roundtable discussion between U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, N.C. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, and school-choice advocates. The discussion focused on the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed Education Freedom Scholarships. According to Robinson: If approved by Congress, the proposal would…
    Brenee Goforth, July 23, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    State Rep. Greg Murphy’s win this month in a Republican runoff completes the candidate lineup for Sept. 10 special N.C. elections. Voters will fill vacancies in the 3rd and 9th congressional districts. Rick Henderson analyzes the races for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops…
    Mitch Kokai, July 19, 2019