Opportunity Scholarship Program

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    Civitas Institute poll finds strong support for the Opportunity Scholarship Program (that Democrats want to destroy)

    According to the good folks at the Civitas Institute, most likely voters favor the Opportunity Scholarship Program, and a majority of respondents would be less likely to vote for a candidate that would end the program. Democrats such as Gov. Roy Cooper, superintendent of public instruction candidate Jen Mangrum,…
    Terry Stoops, September 24, 2020
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    EdChoice releases report: “Families’ Schooling Experiences in North Carolina”

    EdChoice just published a new report that examines North Carolina’s school choice programs by surveying K–12 parents in the state.  According to “Families’ Schooling Experiences in North Carolina,” Over 80 percent of Education Savings Account (ESA) parents and Opportunity Scholarship parents are satisfied with their respective school choice programs.
    Terry Stoops, September 17, 2020
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    School Choice Victories in Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0

    On September 4, 2020, Gov. Roy Cooper signed HB 1105, “Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0.” The bill allocates approximately $1 billion in federal funding from the CARES Act to various coronavirus-related expenses. $440 million of the money is designated to go to the parents of school-aged children to deal…
    Brenee Goforth, September 11, 2020
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    WSJ: A Carolina Victory for School Choice

    The Wall Street Journal editorial board gives North Carolina some love: Parents in North Carolina struggling to get their children back to the classroom have received some welcome news. The state Legislature’s $1.1 billion Covid-19 relief package includes a provision expanding the state’s school choice program. The victory is…
    Terry Stoops, September 8, 2020
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    Budgets: Contrasting Cooper’s and the General Assembly’s Proposals

    Both the General Assembly and Dem. Gov. Roy Cooper have shared their budget priorities this week. They both tackle the same issues, but with very different methods. For instance, on the issue of education, Cooper wants to cut the Opportunity Scholarship program and give teachers a bonus, while the General…
    Brenee Goforth, September 3, 2020
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    Cooper’s Budget: Late and Underbaked

    Dem. Gov. Roy Cooper released his budget proposal on Wednesday, August 26. Not only was his budget proposal abbreviated, but it wasn’t even on time. JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops writes: We teach our children to submit their work complete and on time. Yesterday, Gov. Cooper released what he called a “streamlined…
    Brenee Goforth, August 28, 2020
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    Don’t Take Choices From Low-Income Families: Amy Cooke Column

    On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, a column written by John Locke Foundation CEO Amy O. Cooke appeared in the Bladen Journal. In her column, Cooke shares her powerful personal story of her family’s sacrifices for her education to argue that the state should remain dedicated to its Opportunity Scholarship Program…
    Brenee Goforth, August 11, 2020
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    NCAE files lawsuit challenging Opportunity Scholarship Program

    Despite a 2015 decision by the N.C. Supreme Court affirming the constitutionality of the Opportunity Scholarship Program, teacher unions filed a new complaint today.  They argue: 2. The Program sends millions of taxpayer dollars to private schools without imposing any meaningful educational requirements. As implemented, many of the Program’s funds…
    Terry Stoops, July 27, 2020