School choice

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    Yearly reminder that the NC PTA has evolved into a left-wing advocacy group

    The unfortunate decline of PTA in our schools appears to have coincided with the organization’s hard left turn. In fact, the NC PTA legislative agenda is indistinguishable from the priorities of groups like the NC Association of Educators and Public Schools First NC.  For example, the NC PTA opposes school…
    Terry Stoops, April 13, 2021
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    Poll: 69% of Democrats favor school choice

    Yes, even Democrats like the idea of school choice. A new Real Clear Opinion poll for the American Federation of Children shows overwhelming support for empowering parents by giving them choices for how and where their children are educated. The poll found that support for school choice cuts across…
    Donna Martinez, April 8, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online on the dispute between Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican lawmakers over Opportunity Scholarships. Donald Bryson’s CJ Opinion highlights the Scottish roots of freedom on National Tartan Day.
    Mitch Kokai, April 6, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online on the growth of homeschooling during the COVID-19 pandemic. John Hood’s CJ Opinion explains why political fantasies can be costly.
    Mitch Kokai, April 5, 2021
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    West Virginia sets new school choice standard

    Jayme Metzgar writes for the Federalist about one state’s major turnaround on parental school choice. Last week, with very little noise or fanfare, the West Virginia legislature passed the most expansive Education Savings Account program in America. While ESAs in most states are only open to a small…
    Mitch Kokai, March 26, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on the debate surrounding North Carolina’s certificate-of-need restrictions. John Hood’s CJ Opinion highlights three promising school initiatives.
    Mitch Kokai, March 8, 2021
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    National Review highlights Cooper’s anti-school reopening stance

    Locke’s Terry Stoops shares North Carolina’s story with the rest of the country, via National Review Online. “I am a Democrat. He’s the governor, and a Democratic governor.” And with that explanation, North Carolina state senator Paul Lowe cast the deciding vote to sustain Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of…
    Mitch Kokai, March 6, 2021
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    Pandemic prescription for school kids: an education savings account

    State legislators are rightly concerned about how kids are faring in a virtual learning environment. Some may have adapted well, but others are being left behind. We can’t have that. But there’s a better way to help struggling kids than six weeks of summer school, according to Locke’s Bob…
    Donna Martinez, February 18, 2021