vouchers (page 5)

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    Judge Hobgood’s order striking down vouchers

    A week ago, Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood issued an injunction preventing the first round of Opportunity Scholarships, or vouchers, from being issued to the parents who applied for them. (See here, here, and here for more.) Hobgood’s 16-page order is now available (…
    Rick Henderson, February 28, 2014
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    There’s no ‘plain’ language of the N.C. Constitution banning vouchers

    I keep hearing opponents and advocates of Opportunity Scholarships – aka vouchers – say that the plain language of the N.C. Constitution is on their side. The thing is, the section of the Constitution they are using – Article IX Section 6 – is not written in plain, simple English.
    Barry Smith, February 26, 2014
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    Judge deprives school choice for poor families

    According to WRAL, A Superior Court judge has issued an injunction halting North Carolina from issuing vouchers allowing people to use taxpayer money to help defray the cost of attending a private or religious school. It should read, “Judge blocks poor families from using taxpayer money to choose the…
    Terry Stoops, February 21, 2014
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    Need information on NC’s Opportunity Scholarships?

    Go to schoolchoicenc.org for the latest information on one of North Carolina’s new voucher programs.  The website features a tool that parents can use to determine if their children are eligible for an Opportunity Scholarship.  Check it out!…
    Terry Stoops, November 19, 2013
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    NCAE’s budget confusion

    Did you know that the North Carolina General Assembly adopted a $50 million voucher program?  Neither did I.  But the North Carolina Association of Educators seems to think so.  In an effort to “refute” Governor McCrory’s budget claims, the NCAErs write,    7.      While gutting public schools and educators, the…
    Terry Stoops, August 2, 2013
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    Public Schools First NC: Vouchers wildly popular

    According to a Public Schools First NC press release, The proposed school voucher program was never debated in the Senate, and if launched, will grow exponentially. Non sequitur aside, they’re right; the voucher program will grow exponentially, largely because the demand for the vouchers will increase exponentially. …
    Terry Stoops, July 22, 2013
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    Liberal advocacy group: Expanding school choice is critical

    The folks at Public Schools First NC hate private school vouchers but apparently love public school choice.  Recently, members of the organization distributed a flyer (posted below) to members of the NC General Assembly.  Note the paragraph that begins, “Public Schools First NC agrees that it is critical to expand…
    Terry Stoops, June 11, 2013
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    N&O: Illusions of grandeur

    An anti-voucher editorial in the News & Observer makes the following argument: It is ironic that as Wake County seeks a new superintendent for a stellar public system that’s delivering a quality education to 150,000 students, there are those in the legislature who would undermine that effort by steering…
    Terry Stoops, May 30, 2013