Tag:school choice

  • Voters never will be experts

    What if we don’t like the outcomes produced by our prisons, public health agencies, or public schools? It’s impossible or highly expensive to “take our business elsewhere.”…

  • Freedom rises In North Carolina

    Even with the best of intentions, politicians should neither make our decisions for us nor remove us from responsibility for them. Politicians are not our parents.

  • Disagreement over charter approvals goes public

    The State Board of Education’s Aug. 4 decision to reject five of the 13 charter school applications that were earlier this year approved by the N.C. Charter School Advisory Board led to a resolution of protest from the advisory board. The resolution, posted Aug. 9, resulted from frustration that…

  • 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.

  • School Choice Is Now Mainstream

    Roughly speaking, about a quarter of North Carolina’s K-12 students attend a school of choice. That includes private schools, home schools, charter schools, and open-enrollment schools.

  • Expert: School Choice One Option To Ease Fiscal Stress From Newcomers

    Baby boomers nationwide are reaching retirement age at the rate of 10,000 every day day. Meanwhile, they’re sending their grandchildren to school, creating a general tension on state budgets — one that could be alleviated in part by adopting wider school-choice initiatives. That’s the picture that Matthew Ladner, senior advisor…

  • NCGA Considering Achievement District Plan To Help Troubled Schools

    A state House committee on Wednesday looked at some of the successes and pitfalls neighboring Tennessee’s Achievement School District has experienced as lawmakers pondered ways to turn around some of the state’s worst performing schools. The House Select Committee on Achievement School Districts heard from Malika Anderson, Tennessee’s Achievement School District…

  • Poll: Support For School Choice Increasing, Diversifying

    Grass-roots support for school choice is surging among millennial, Hispanic, and black voters around the nation, according to a recent poll from the American Federation for Children. AFC, an organization working to expand school choice for K-12 students in the United States, found that 70 percent of Americans express…

  • Tennessee May Join North Carolina In Expanding School Choice

    Tennessee lawmakers will vote Feb. 11 on the Tennessee Choice and Opportunity Scholarship Act, a law that would allow parents of low-income students to use up to $6,628 of public money to attend private school. The voucher system is similar to North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, enacted in 2013 by…