school choice

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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
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    Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue at the Supreme Court

    Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, which challenges the use of the state’s Blaine amendment to torpedo a tax credit scholarship law. Blaine amendments prohibit the state from directly or indirectly allocating government dollars to faith-based organizations or programs.  North Carolina…
    Terry Stoops, January 22, 2020
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    Snapshot of the Day: Parents Choose

    One in five of North Carolina’s school-aged kids is educated outside a traditional public school classroom. Join us Monday when we host entrepreneur and school-choice advocate Bob Luddy. Lundy’s presentation is part of National School Choice Week.
    Donna Martinez, January 21, 2020
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    Districts lose 2,000 students, charters add 7,000 in 2019

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released the average daily membership (ADM) figures for the second month of the 2019-20 school year.  Compared to the second month of the 2018-19 school year, districts enrolled 1,972 fewer students this year.  On the other hand, charter schools added 7,244 students. Wake County…
    Terry Stoops, December 11, 2019
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    Buncombe County residents want more charter schools

    The people have spoken!  (Thanks to Andrea Dillon for bringing this to my attention.)…
    Terry Stoops, December 5, 2019
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    Dan Forest releases his education plan

    Gubernatorial candidate Dan Forest unveiled his education plan today.  There are four themes to the plan. Parents Pick Expand the Opportunity Scholarship program to every N.C. family. Level the playing field for high-quality charter schools Four in the Door A principal with full authority to hire and fire An…
    Terry Stoops, November 7, 2019