school choice

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    Forbes Column Cites JLF’s Terry Stoops On Gov. Cooper’s Rollback Of School Choice

    Patrick Gleason of Americans for Tax Reform looks at Democratic governors who are anti-school choice. Gov. Roy Cooper is front and center in this piece for his proposal to close the door on Opportunity Scholarships, the program that gives low-income families access to a scholarship for private school.
    Donna Martinez, March 11, 2019
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    Has Durham Public Schools learned anything from parents who opt out?

    Here is a passage from a recent op-ed published in the News & Observer, Families choosing to not enroll in Durham Public Schools give us the important message that they don’t think their needs will be met. We need to listen to them and learn from that feedback — but…
    Terry Stoops, February 7, 2019
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    Charter school membership by district

    The N.C. Department of Public Instruction released the latest charter school membership data.  DPI researchers calculated the average daily membership (ADM) of charter schools as a percentage of total public school enrollment.
    Terry Stoops, February 4, 2019
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    National Poll: Support For School Choice Is Growing

    Carolina Journal reports on a new poll from Democratic polling firm Beck Research, which looks at the broad-based support for giving parents choices in how and where their kids are educated. The results show that across the political spectrum and across backgrounds, school choice is popular.  Backing for…
    Donna Martinez, January 18, 2019
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    “As you can see, the demand for high quality charter schools remains strong.”

    Those are the words of Dave Machado, director of the Office of Charter Schools for the state. What leads Machado to that statement? From the office’s December newsletter comes the facts about North Carolina’s empowered parents who choose public charter schools rather than the traditional public classroom. 109,389 students…
    Donna Martinez, January 16, 2019
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    Who’s In Charge — You or Your Child’s School?

    The headline of this Atlantic story is what caught my eye: The Controversy Over Parents Who Eat Lunch With Their Children at School Really? It’s controversial to eat lunch with your child? These days, the answer is yes. At some schools, swarms of parents wait in line to be…
    Donna Martinez, December 10, 2018
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    NC is 7th on CER’s Parent Power Index

    On the Center for Education Reform’s (CER) 2018 Parent Power Index, North Carolina is ranked 7th in the nation with an overall PPI score of 73.0 percent.  CER writes, Things are looking up for parents of the Tarheel state. Improvements to the state’s charter law and school…
    Terry Stoops, November 13, 2018
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    Education Next poll: Support for school choice is growing, walkouts mattered

    The annual Education Next poll is good news for school choice advocates.  According to the AP, Forty-four percent of respondents in the poll conducted in May said they support the expansion of charter schools, compared to 39 percent in 2017. The gain of 5 percentage points, however, did not…
    Terry Stoops, August 21, 2018