Tag:school choice

  • Legislative Democrats stand up for school choice

    Democratic lawmakers don’t necessarily oppose school choice, and some are vocal advocates. Eight outspoken African-American legislators Tuesday announced their support for traditional public and charter schools, private schools, school vouchers, homeschools, and other education options. “We stand today to be a voice for…

  • DeVos attackers surrender high ground

    The recent appointment of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos exhibited much that is destructive, even demented, about our current political discourse. While objections to her lack of experience in government were understandable, critics went far beyond that to attack her character and question her intentions. She was also subjected to…

  • State superintendent kicks off listening tour in Winston-Salem

    RALEIGH — State Superintendent Mark Johnson will kick-off his listening tour of North Carolina’s public school system Friday. Johnson last month promised he would travel the state to hear concerns from each district. The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County district — where Johnson previously…

  • Poll: Support for school choice spans partisan, racial lines

    School choice doesn’t have to be a partisan issue, and a new study suggests it most certainly is not. Eighty-one percent of North Carolinians agree that parents should have a say as to where their child attends school, the Civitas Institute, a conservative advocacy group based in Raleigh, says…

  • 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…

  • Atkinson, in interview, takes aim at school choice

    June Atkinson is taking an open stand against Republican legislators and their school-choice agenda. Atkinson worked hard for 12 years to keep a nonpartisan image during her time as North Carolina’s superintendent of schools. Now that her office at the Department of Public Instruction belongs to…

  • New web app can help parents find schooling options

    RALEIGH — North Carolina families should have an easier time finding K-12 education options thanks to a new web application launched by Parents for Education Freedom in North Carolina, an organization that supports expansion of school choice across the state. The PEFNC database, “NC Schools Around Me,” is a…

  • Education seeing ‘unconventional’ growth

    Homeschooling is the maverick among North Carolina’s K-12 options. Since its launch three decades ago, homeschooling has bucked convention and stumped prognosticators. Age and experience haven’t tamed its life outside the lines; this unorthodox movement still defies expectations. Yet amid unpredictability, one constant has emerged: Homeschooling is enormously popular. Thirty…

  • Charter school advocacy groups merging

    The North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the North Carolina Public Charter Schools Association soon will consolidate to form the North Carolina Association of Public Charter Schools, the new organization announced last week. Plans for the merger were finalized on Oct. 6 at a joint board meeting of…