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Republicans in the N.C. House are advancing a bill that would expand and strengthen the state’s three school-choice scholarship programs that help low-income children and those with special needs attend a private school.
Republicans in the N.C. House are advancing a bill that would expand and strengthen the state’s three school-choice scholarship programs that help low-income children and those with special needs attend a private school.
 
Jayme Metzgar writes for the Federalist about one state’s major turnaround on parental school choice.
Jayme Metzgar writes for the Federalist about one state’s major turnaround on parental school choice.
 
All families should be empowered to make the decision that is right for their own circumstance.
 
North Carolina is facing an education crisis.
 
North Carolina’s largest teacher organization is suing to kill a program helping low-income families send their children to private schools.
North Carolina’s largest teacher organization is suing to kill a program helping low-income families send their children to private schools.
 
The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a rule banning religious private schools from participating in scholarship programs.
The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a rule banning religious private schools from participating in scholarship programs.
 
The coronavirus recession, the Great Lockdown, and the Great Suppression are all terms used to describe the global economic downturn produced by COVID-19 mitigation measures.
The coronavirus recession, the Great Lockdown, and the Great Suppression are all terms used to describe the global economic downturn produced by COVID-19 mitigation measures.
 
The John Locke Foundation is kicking off National School Choice Week with a talk from Robert Luddy, the creator of several charter and private schools in North Carolina.
The John Locke Foundation is kicking off National School Choice Week with a talk from Robert Luddy, the creator of several charter and private schools in North Carolina.
 
If you ask the average person about private schools, most will say they are expensive and cost more to attend than traditional public schools
If you ask the average person about private schools, most will say they are expensive and cost more to attend than traditional public schools
 
It just got easier for children in North Carolina to qualify for a Special Needs Education Savings Account
 
In A Recent Article On Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) In The News And Observer, Keith Poston Of The Public School Forum Said The Newly- Approved ESA Program For Special Needs Students Is "Very High Risk In Terms Of Abuse."
In A Recent Article On Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) In The News And Observer, Keith Poston Of The Public School Forum Said The Newly- Approved ESA Program For Special Needs Students Is "Very High Risk In Terms Of Abuse."
 
Members of our United States military are afforded very little input when it comes to decisions that significantly impact their lives and the lives of their family members
Members of our United States military are afforded very little input when it comes to decisions that significantly impact their lives and the lives of their family members
 
The 2017 fall semester has seen the largest freshman class at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) in five years, and now the overall enrollment numbers have exceeded the admissions goal
The 2017 fall semester has seen the largest freshman class at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) in five years, and now the overall enrollment numbers have exceeded the admissions goal
 
The $23 billion state budget has passed in time for the start of a new fiscal year, and the largest part of that budget - over $9 billion - will be spent on public education
The $23 billion state budget has passed in time for the start of a new fiscal year, and the largest part of that budget - over $9 billion - will be spent on public education
 
Last Thursday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation to significantly expand the state’s popular Empowerment Scholarship Account program
Last Thursday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation to significantly expand the state’s popular Empowerment Scholarship Account program
 
Civitas Poll finds roughly three in four N.C. voters back school choice, with higher levels of support from black voters
Civitas Poll finds roughly three in four N.C. voters back school choice, with higher levels of support from black voters
 
The measure proposed Thursday would expand 529 savings accounts to include K-12 students
The measure proposed Thursday would expand 529 savings accounts to include K-12 students
 
When Julian Bloom was 18 months old, doctors diagnosed him with autism and said he had a severe sensory and auditory processing disorder.
When Julian Bloom was 18 months old, doctors diagnosed him with autism and said he had a severe sensory and auditory processing disorder.
 
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.
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.
 
On a visit to his high school alma mater, Governor Pat McCrory announced his proposal to increase average teacher pay in North Carolina to more than $50,000 for the first time in state history by providing an average 5 percent pay increase
On a visit to his high school alma mater, Governor Pat McCrory announced his proposal to increase average teacher pay in North Carolina to more than $50,000 for the first time in state history by providing an average 5 percent pay increase
 
You may or may not have noticed but North Carolina's political leadership has undertaken a fundamental shift away from unqualified support of traditional public schools towards favoring charter, private and even online schools.
You may or may not have noticed but North Carolina's political leadership has undertaken a fundamental shift away from unqualified support of traditional public schools towards favoring charter, private and even online schools.
 
Ten year-old Donovan Coates-St. Remy loves science club, geography club, and his Windows 10 ThinkPad
Ten year-old Donovan Coates-St. Remy loves science club, geography club, and his Windows 10 ThinkPad
 
Consider these real-life scenarios: An Arizona family is told their 6-year-old son, Ryan, has symptoms on the autism spectrum. Doctors say he will need 20-40 hours per week of individual therapies. Ryan's parents can't afford that. What can they do?
Consider these real-life scenarios: An Arizona family is told their 6-year-old son, Ryan, has symptoms on the autism spectrum. Doctors say he will need 20-40 hours per week of individual therapies. Ryan's parents can't afford that. What can they do?
 
Alexa Bloom has a master's degree in special education instruction, so she knew her son, Julian, was going to need a flexible approach to learning. When Julian was just 18 months old, doctors diagnosed him with autism and a severe sensory and auditory processing disorder...
Alexa Bloom has a master's degree in special education instruction, so she knew her son, Julian, was going to need a flexible approach to learning. When Julian was just 18 months old, doctors diagnosed him with autism and a severe sensory and auditory processing disorder...
 
Years of federally driven testing reform and a botched rollout of sweeping, federally incentivized standards have tried the patience of the American people
Years of federally driven testing reform and a botched rollout of sweeping, federally incentivized standards have tried the patience of the American people
 
The Common Core Standards is a private and federal initiative to reform public education into one that spits out workers, not thinkers
The Common Core Standards is a private and federal initiative to reform public education into one that spits out workers, not thinkers
 
Parents of students who are relying on Opportunity Scholarship vouchers to offset the cost of private school tuition are facing their second summer in a row of uncertainty.
Parents of students who are relying on Opportunity Scholarship vouchers to offset the cost of private school tuition are facing their second summer in a row of uncertainty.
 
In 2014, the Civitas Institute selected 10 Bad Bills of the Week. Last week, you had your chance to vote from these ten for the Bad Bill of the Year, and the winner is:
In 2014, the Civitas Institute selected 10 Bad Bills of the Week. Last week, you had your chance to vote from these ten for the Bad Bill of the Year, and the winner is:
 
Imagine the important things in your life: your spouse, your home, your favorite football team. What do they all have in common? You were able to choose them, not have them assigned to you by the political class.
Imagine the important things in your life: your spouse, your home, your favorite football team. What do they all have in common? You were able to choose them, not have them assigned to you by the political class.
 
Governor Umstead (pictured here) allowed the "Governor's Special Advisory Committee on Education" to respond to the Brown decision. Image courtesy of the State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Governor Umstead (pictured here) allowed the "Governor's Special Advisory Committee on Education" to respond to the Brown decision. Image courtesy of the State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina.
 
Supporters of North Carolina's fledgling Opportunity Scholarships program see the motion granted Friday by a Superior Court judge placing the plan on hold as little more than a temporary setback. Advocates of the 2013 measure, which would have provided up to 2,400 low-income public school...
Supporters of North Carolina's fledgling Opportunity Scholarships program see the motion granted Friday by a Superior Court judge placing the plan on hold as little more than a temporary setback. Advocates of the 2013 measure, which would have provided up to 2,400 low-income public school...
 
In this week's CommenTerry, I examine school choice from a few different angles, mostly right angles, but angles nonetheless.
In this week's CommenTerry, I examine school choice from a few different angles, mostly right angles, but angles nonetheless.
 
As the dust settles on the landmark 2013 North Carolina legislative session, conservatives can look upon the accomplishments of the state legislature and find much to celebrate.
As the dust settles on the landmark 2013 North Carolina legislative session, conservatives can look upon the accomplishments of the state legislature and find much to celebrate.
 
Nearly a month into the 2013-14 fiscal year, Gov. Pat McCrory is set to sign the state budget into law today.
 
North Carolina lawmakers have devoted much of their time in recent years to expanding parental choice in education. One option they might want to pursue in...
North Carolina lawmakers have devoted much of their time in recent years to expanding parental choice in education. One option they might want to pursue in...
 
Few pieces of education legislation filed this year have been subject to more debate than House Bill 944: Opportunity Scholarship Act.
Few pieces of education legislation filed this year have been subject to more debate than House Bill 944: Opportunity Scholarship Act.
 
The House Wednesday night approved a bill that would reimburse parents for private school tuition for special-needs children.
The House Wednesday night approved a bill that would reimburse parents for private school tuition for special-needs children.
 
Critics of school vouchers have been out in force recently, particularly in the pages of the News & Observer. For example, last week Yevonne Brannon and Nick Rhodes...
Critics of school vouchers have been out in force recently, particularly in the pages of the News & Observer. For example, last week Yevonne Brannon and Nick Rhodes...
 
A merit pay system for teachers, changes to teacher tenure, tax credits for private school tuition, and new charter school initiatives are among education reform measures that could be passed in the state House of Representatives in the next few weeks, House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg...
A merit pay system for teachers, changes to teacher tenure, tax credits for private school tuition, and new charter school initiatives are among education reform measures that could be passed in the state House of Representatives in the next few weeks, House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg...
 
There is no shortage of ways to expand school choice in our state. Traditional options include encouraging alternative education options like charter schools, private schools, home schools and online education.
There is no shortage of ways to expand school choice in our state. Traditional options include encouraging alternative education options like charter schools, private schools, home schools and online education.
 
In North Carolina, public education is a core fiscal responsibility of state and local government. The state constitution, in the words of the N.C. Supreme Court, recognizes the right to a "sound, basic education" for every child in the state.
In North Carolina, public education is a core fiscal responsibility of state and local government. The state constitution, in the words of the N.C. Supreme Court, recognizes the right to a "sound, basic education" for every child in the state.
 
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