School choice (page 124)

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    Wake Schools “central planners” need a wake-up call

    Wake School Board members need to take this article by Don Boudreaux to heart. They continue to live in a dream world where top-down central planning makes sense.  If it works so well with schools why not try the same central planning system with grocery stores and after that…
    Michael Sanera, April 25, 2011
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    Charter schools: More than just “laboratories”

    Those who oppose charter schools, as well as those who say they don’t but really do, have argued that charter schools have not lived up to their promise of being “laboratories of innovation.”  The truth is that innovation is one of six purposes of charter schools, as outlined in the…
    Terry Stoops, April 13, 2011
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    Parental choice: Free or forced?

    Tyler Whittenberg, education and law policy fellow at the N.C. Justice Center, nails it in his latest op-ed.  By “it,” I mean the last line of the piece.  Here is the concluding paragraph of the op-ed: Would you want to send your child to a school that avoids accountability…
    Terry Stoops, April 12, 2011
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    As county governments search for ways to pay their bills during tight economic times, some are looking at raising the local sales tax. Michael Sanera discusses the likelihood of future local sales tax increases during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Joseph Coletti explains why North Carolina…
    Mitch Kokai, April 8, 2011
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    New at CJO: Traditional public school students recruited to fight charter bill

    Sara Burrows’ latest Carolina Journal Online report details a case of Rutherford County public school students participating in an email campaign against legislation designed to lift North Carolina’s public charter school cap.
    Mitch Kokai, April 7, 2011
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    In case you missed him …

    Terry Stoops questions some proposed restrictions added to a bill designed to lift North Carolina’s public charter school cap. He shared his concerns during an interview with WTVD (ABC11).
    Mitch Kokai, April 7, 2011
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    Supreme Court: Arizona’s school choice program stays

    For an excellent overview of Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, read this Wall Street Journal op-ed. Although the case centers on the issue of taxpayer standing, I am pleased that Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion and Justice Kagan’s dissenting opinion mentions James Madison’s famous “Memorial and Remonstrance.” As…
    Terry Stoops, April 5, 2011
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    As the new Republican majority in the North Carolina General Assembly pursues policy changes, some of its ideas are raising questions about the state constitution. Former N.C. Supreme Court Justice Bob Orr of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law addresses some of those questions during the next edition of…
    Mitch Kokai, April 1, 2011