Tag:Opportunity Scholarships

  • Truitt, Mangrum debate Opportunity Scholarships, reopening schools

    Reopening schools is the top priority of Catherine Truitt, the Republican candidate for state superintendent.  Truitt also wants to defend the Opportunity Scholarship program, but her Democratic opponent, Jen Mangrum, argues learning must take a back seat to teacher safety. Opportunity Scholarships provide low-income students up…

  • Children, parents must have opportunity to choose 

    A save-the-system-not-the-student mentality is at the center of the “left-leaning” N.C. Association of Educators’ lawsuit to thrust a dagger into the heart of our state’s school choice options.  “Vouchers for private schools are an affront to a state that has a long and…

  • What does 2019 hold for school choice?

    It’s safe to say the 2019 legislative session will see clashes between Democratic and Republican lawmakers, and a few of these will probably revolve around education and school choice. Although school choice isn’t entirely a partisan issue, the parties tend to disagree on how best…

  • Special Needs Education Savings Account in high demand

    North Carolina’s Special Needs Education Savings Account has seen a surge in applicants, outnumbering the available slots for the school-choice program. Applications closed April 2 with 1,430 students applying for the 330 open slots. The number of slots was determined by the General Assembly’s allocation…

  • Cooper, NCGA will butt heads over Opportunity Scholarships

    Gov. Roy Cooper says he wants to defund North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship program against the will of North Carolina’s conservative legislative majority. “Obviously there will be no voucher funding in any budget that I propose with the General Assembly,” Cooper told The Associated Press before his…

  • AFP-NC pushing fiscal responsibility, economic growth

    Americans for Prosperity–North Carolina, a conservative grass-roots organization, on Wednesday released a 2017 legislative agenda that puts state spending limits atop the project list. AFP asked the legislature to consider a Taxpayer Protection Act and to push tax reforms allowing North Carolinians…

  • School choice growth in N.C. impressive

    There are many reasons for North Carolinians to be proud of the statewide education reforms implemented over the last five years. The state has made massive investments in K-12 education with a focus on grade-level proficiency in reading. Accountability is stronger. We pay teachers better. School districts have unprecedented budgetary…

  • Opportunity Scholarships Get Boost In Senate Budget

    North Carolina’s still-young Opportunity Scholarship Program would get a major boost if a provision in the proposed Senate budget becomes law. The Opportunity Scholarship Program, enacted in 2013, provides a child from a low-income family a tax-funded voucher of up to $4,200 per school year to use toward private-school tuition.