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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
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    Job Creators Network: Hands off Opportunity Scholarships

    Job Creators Network responded to Gov. Cooper’s budget, which would begin to eliminate the availability of private school vouchers for low-income children.
    Terry Stoops, May 15, 2019
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    Cooper proposes “a gradual elimination” of Opportunity Scholarships

    In the proposed budget released this morning, Gov. Cooper wages war on low-income parents and children by cutting off their access to $4,200 private school scholarships: Opportunity Scholarship Program Reduces funding to reflect a gradual elimination of the program and associated changes to the statutory appropriations to the reserve…
    Terry Stoops, March 6, 2019
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    The Opportunity Scholarship Program continues to grow

    The N.C. State Education Assistance Authority posted updated data on the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which awards private school vouchers to low-income children. Between 2017 and 2019, the Opportunity Scholarship Program had a 12.8 percent increase in applications and a 16 percent increase in recipients (so far).  Not bad!   2018-19…
    Terry Stoops, November 19, 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
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    Recommended reading from Jay Greene’s Blog

    At Jay Greene’s Blog, Matthew Ladner’s “The Way of the Future: Self-Reliance (with equity?)” gives North Carolina a well-deserved mention.  Matt, who is a senior research fellow at the Charles Koch Institute, writes about the emergence of new educational structures, including a “broad trend towards self-reliance and multiple…
    Terry Stoops, August 1, 2018