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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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    Whose money is it anyway?

    Apparently, it’s not taxpayer money.  It’s “their” money.
    Terry Stoops, September 10, 2020
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    EdChoice: NC top 10 state for school choice

    EdChoice released its rankings of states based on Educational Choice Share, the proportion of all K–12 students who are enrolled in an education savings account, school voucher, or tax-credit scholarship program.  On this measure (and excluding the District of Columbia), North Carolina ranked 12th in the nation with an…
    Terry Stoops, September 10, 2020
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    CER: NC charter law is ranked 13th in the nation and earns C

    The Center for Education Reform just released its annual charter law rankings. North Carolina was ranked 13th and earned a C.  It’s really a C+ given that the state barely missed out on a B. There is plenty of room for improvement, particularly in the equitable funding category.  North…
    Terry Stoops, September 10, 2020
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    First nationwide study of trends shows large gains for African Americans at charters

    Must-read research from Harvard University: Our analysis shows that student cohorts in the charter sector made greater gains from 2005 to 2017 than did cohorts in the district sector. The difference in the trends in the two sectors amounts to nearly an additional half-year’s worth of learning. The biggest…
    Terry Stoops, September 9, 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