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    Teacher Union Poll Shows Solid Support for Private School Vouchers

    I finally reviewed the recent poll commissioned by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE).  A progressive firm called brilliant corners Research & Strategies surveyed 804 North Carolinians in early April.             This doesn’t mean that the poll is flawless.  For…
    Terry Stoops, May 14, 2021
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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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    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
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    NCAE files lawsuit challenging Opportunity Scholarship Program

    Despite a 2015 decision by the N.C. Supreme Court affirming the constitutionality of the Opportunity Scholarship Program, teacher unions filed a new complaint today.  They argue: 2. The Program sends millions of taxpayer dollars to private schools without imposing any meaningful educational requirements. As implemented, many of the Program’s funds…
    Terry Stoops, July 27, 2020
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    NC State researchers publish new report on the Opportunity Scholarship Program

    In “An Analysis of North Carolina’s Private School Landscape” Anna Egalite, M. Daniela Barriga, D.T. Stallings, and Emily Antoszyk provide tremendously useful data about North Carolina’s private schools, including private school density, diversity, demand, proximity, and testing. Perhaps its most important contribution is its analysis of private school tuition…
    Terry Stoops, April 14, 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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    1 in 5 NC students don’t attend traditional public schools, new figures show

    Keung Hui of the News & Observer has the details: Twenty percent of North Carolina’s students are not attending the state’s traditional public schools — and that percentage is expected to continue rising. New statewide figures released this month show that homeschools, private schools and charter schools all continued to add…
    Terry Stoops, July 18, 2019
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    Cooper panders to union by proposing phase-out of voucher programs

    Governor Cooper released a compromise budget yesterday that included the discontinuation of funding for North Carolina’s school choice programs.  The press release outlines a plan that would “Maintain private school vouchers in the base budget for those who now use them, but do not include additional money or special…
    Terry Stoops, July 10, 2019