Opportunity Scholarships

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    IN BOX: Senate Passes Bill Expanding Opportunity Scholarship Program

    I received this news release from Sen. Leader Phil Berger’s office late Tuesday afternoon. Raleigh, N.C. — Today, nearly every Senate Democrat voted against giving lower-income families scholarships to attend the school that best fit their child’s educational needs, despite talk of “equity” and the fact some prominent opponents…
    Donna Martinez, May 4, 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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    Cooper Wants to Eliminate Scholarship for Low-Income Children

    Dem. Governor Roy Cooper announced his budget proposal today for the next biennium. His proposed budget ends the NC Opportunity Scholarship Program, a popular scholarship for low-income, disproportionately minority, students to attend a K-12 school of their parent’s choice. The Opportunity Scholarship program is a popular program with NC voters.
    Brenee Goforth, March 24, 2021
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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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    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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    Imagine if they reported on new school options the way they do new grocery stores

    Media and consumers agree: families having more choices is a good thing! This simple insight could improve reporting on charter schools and Opportunity Scholarships.
    Jon Sanders, October 1, 2019