School choice (page 2)

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    Number of homeschools increased by 2,722 between May and September

    In July, the North Carolina Department of Non-Public Education (NC DNPE) reported that the state had 112,614 homeschools in operation.  The estimated number of homeschool children was 179,900. I submitted a public information request to obtain the latest number of open schools. As of September 28, North Carolina had…
    Terry Stoops, September 29, 2021
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    Charter School Enrollment ‘Skyrockets’

    Alex Nester of the Washington Free Beacon explores the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on charter school enrollment. Charter school enrollment rose over 7 percent since 2019, signaling an exodus from public schools amid restrictive coronavirus rules. Around 240,000 students enrolled in charter schools between the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school…
    Mitch Kokai, September 24, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Carolina Journal Online reports on the N.C. congressman who wants to expand school choice for students facing mask mandates and teaching based on Critical Race Theory. Lean Byers’ CJ Opinion offers a case for amending the state constitution again.
    Mitch Kokai, September 24, 2021
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    An Education Savings Account Gives This Mom a Lifeline For Her Special-Needs Daughter

    Sometimes public policy can seem abstract and theoretical. Sometimes it’s hard to connect the dots between the decisions state lawmakers make, and the impact those decisions have on average people — on you and me. But on Monday, that connection was front and center at Locke’s Shaftesbury Society panel discussion…
    Donna Martinez, September 21, 2021
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    Conservatives Should Seize Opportunities in Education

    Anthony Kinnett and Daniel Buck write at National Review Online about conservatives’ chances for gains in education policy. If universal school-choice legislation passed tomorrow and parents finally had the freedom to choose schools for their children, with public funds to access them, would utopia follow? We doubt it.
    Mitch Kokai, September 21, 2021
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    Colorado Parents Create ‘No Politics’ School

    Joy Pullmann writes for the Federalist about a significant education development in one Western community. Merit Academy of Woodland Park, Colorado, opened on Aug. 23 in a buoyant ceremony featuring American flags and a teenage rider riding a dun horse while waving the school flag. The new public…
    Mitch Kokai, September 14, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Carolina Journal Online reports that the N.C. Supreme Court hears oral arguments today in a case challenging the state’s voter ID and tax-cap constitutional amendments. The latest CJ Opinion examines a pair of court cases that explore just how closely a public charter school is tied to state…
    Mitch Kokai, August 31, 2021
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    Public Schools Face Moment of Truth

    Rick Moran writes for PJMedia.com about a major challenge for American public schools. The public school system in America is in crisis — the worst crisis since the forced bussing and integration issues of the 1970s. Simply put, parents and students have lost faith in the school system…
    Mitch Kokai, August 30, 2021