School choice (page 5)

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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
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    Fordham Institute: An increase in charter schools is associated with an increase in district resources

    In his new report, “Robbers or Victims? Charter Schools and District Finances,” Rutgers University professor Mark Weber finds that the presence of charter schools does not drain resources from their host districts.  Instead, district resources tend to increase significantly.  Weber concluded: In most states, an increase in the percentage…
    Terry Stoops, February 10, 2021
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    School choice helps counter teachers unions’ pernicious impact

    Jude Schwalbach and Hance Winingham write for the Daily Signal about the role of school choice in combating teachers unions’ harmful stance on reopening schools. Inexplicably, teachers unions have also rejected measures that would require teachers to be more available to students throughout the day via live video.
    Mitch Kokai, February 1, 2021
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    NC and school choice: It’s been a long road.

    School choice in North Carolina is flourishing. Today more than 370,000 students attend charter, private or home schools in the Tar Heel State.  That’s works out to about 1 in 5 students in North Carolina are enrolled in schools other than traditional public schools.  Families can choose from charter, magnet,…
    Bob Luebke, January 29, 2021
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    Civitas Poll: just 7.5% give their local public school an “A”

    Pollsters for the new Civitas Poll asked likely registered voters in North Carolina a variety of questions about how and where their kids are educated. For example, they were also asked their view of the role a parent should play in choosing where their child attends school. The overwhelming…
    Donna Martinez, January 29, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    David Bass reports for Carolina Journal Online on Gov. Roy Cooper creating a new government job and filling it with an executive from a left-wing funding group. Ray Nothstine’s CJ Opinion argues that school choice will explode when parents rediscover the purpose of education.
    Mitch Kokai, January 29, 2021
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    The Right AOC on Point: Educational choice increases in popularity, importance

    John Locke Foundation CEO Amy Cooke, “The Right AOC,” discusses new Civitas Poll results showing the popularity of school choice in North Carolina. Contact Amy at [email protected] Follow her at and
    Mitch Kokai, January 28, 2021