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    The growth of school choice in North Carolina

    Never gets old……
    Terry Stoops, February 27, 2019
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    Address bullying through school choice

    No student should have to endure three years – or even three minutes – of bullying at their school.  Thank goodness this family was able to find Cornerstone Christian Academy. Unfortunately, thousands of children do not have the resources to escape schools that subject them to psychological and physical harm. …
    Terry Stoops, January 22, 2019
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    The Opportunity Scholarship Program continues to grow

    The N.C. State Education Assistance Authority posted updated data on the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which awards private school vouchers to low-income children. Between 2017 and 2019, the Opportunity Scholarship Program had a 12.8 percent increase in applications and a 16 percent increase in recipients (so far).  Not bad!   2018-19…
    Terry Stoops, November 19, 2018
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    No, One Limited Study Does Not Prove School Vouchers Don’t Work

    You might be hearing a lot about the new study by Robert Pianta and Arya Ansari, “Does Attendance in Private Schools Predict Student Outcomes at Age 15? Evidence from a Longitudinal Study.”  Recently, opponents of private school choice have touted the study, claiming that it proves that vouchers…
    Terry Stoops, August 9, 2018
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    Private school enrollment up 1.2 percent, hits 101,775 students

    As promised, here are the private school statistics for the 2017-18 school year! During the 2017-18 school year, 101,775 students attended 767 private schools in North Carolina.  Enrollment increased by 1,190 students or 1.2 percent from the year before. Mecklenburg and Wake counties led the pack with 18,506 and…
    Terry Stoops, July 9, 2018
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    Institute for Justice defends Opportunity Scholarship Program

    In an op-ed published in the News & Observer, Renée D. Flaherty, an attorney at the Institute for Justice who defended the Opportunity Scholarship Program, writes Most Americans already have educational choice: They choose to live in a good school district or they can pay for private school.
    Terry Stoops, June 8, 2018
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    Private school enrollment breaks 100,000 student barrier

    Home schools were not the only institutions to see enrollment gains. The Division of Non-Public Education also released private school statistics today.  Private school enrollment reached an all-time high during the 2016-17 school year – 100,585 students.  That was a 2,864 student or 2.9 percent increase since the 2015-16…
    Terry Stoops, July 19, 2017