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    AFC poll: 40% of families are more likely to homeschool, enroll in virtual schools

    The American Federation for Children (AFC) released results from a new national poll.  (All AFC polling can be found at According to the survey, 40% of families say they are more likely to homeschool or enroll in virtual schools after lockdowns end.  For…
    Terry Stoops, May 15, 2020
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    Expand choice for parents who worry about coronavirus exposure at school

    A recent EdChoice poll indicates that parents are worried about their children getting exposed to coronavirus at school.  As such, wouldn’t it be a good time to remove caps on virtual charter schools?  (Yes, the answer is yes.)…
    Terry Stoops, May 8, 2020
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    Families have much more favorable view of homeschooling

    EdChoice released results from a mid-April survey of 510 parents of school-age children.  A majority of those polled reported that they have a more favorable view of homeschooling as a result of COVID-19 school closures.
    Terry Stoops, April 24, 2020
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    Avoid Unnecessary Education Losses, Give Parents Choice

    K-12 schools in North Carolina are closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. This has many children switching from in-person schooling to online education. This transition can be difficult, not just for students, but for teachers as well. As JLF’s Dr. Terry Stoops writes in his most recent research brief on…
    Brenee Goforth, March 26, 2020
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    EdNC profiles Phil Javies of Sugar Creek Charter

    The importance of high expectations: Phil Javies of Sugar Creek Charter is a great story from Alex Granados of EdNC. Javies said the key to his success with students is consistency and always letting the students know what to expect. And it’s evident in the way he teaches. As…
    Terry Stoops, March 11, 2020
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    Florida voucher program yields big benefits for children

    Between 2002 and 2017, Florida expanded its private school voucher program, and according to a new NBER study, children who participated in the program were the big winners. Expansion of the program produced modestly larger benefits for students attending public schools that had a larger initial degree of private…
    Terry Stoops, February 18, 2020
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    Snapshot of the Day: Choice Matters To North Carolina Parents

    Ask any parent and they’ll tell you their child is special. That’s good. It reflects the love and bond between a parent and a child. But it’s also a good reminder that every child is an individual, with unique aptitudes, challenges, fears, inclinations, and dreams. So let’s treat every…
    Donna Martinez, January 29, 2020
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    AFC school choice poll released

    The American Federation for Children (AFC) released its annual school choice poll.  Overall, it shows that school choice is popular among most subgroups.  According to the poll, support is particularly strong in the African American and Latino communities.  Here are a few items of note: School choice support overall: …
    Terry Stoops, January 24, 2020