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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.
 
Between 2002 and 2017, Florida expanded its private school voucher program, and according to a new NBER study, children who participated in the program were the big winners.
Between 2002 and 2017, Florida expanded its private school voucher program, and according to a new NBER study, children who participated in the program were the big winners.
 
Debate over the impact of the Opportunity Scholarship Program was renewed recently when N.C. State researchers Anna Egalite, D.T. Stallings, and Stephen Porter published a study that found “large positive impacts associated with voucher usage in North Carolina.”
Debate over the impact of the Opportunity Scholarship Program was renewed recently when N.C. State researchers Anna Egalite, D.T. Stallings, and Stephen Porter published a study that found “large positive impacts associated with voucher usage in North Carolina.”
 
N.C. State University professors Anna Egalite and Stephen Porter find new recipients of Opportunity Scholarships scored significantly higher than their public school counterparts in math, reading, and language arts.
N.C. State University professors Anna Egalite and Stephen Porter find new recipients of Opportunity Scholarships scored significantly higher than their public school counterparts in math, reading, and language arts.
 
A recent study by the League of Women Voters reported "77 percent of private schools receiving vouchers are using curricula that do not comply with state standards, leaving many students unprepared for college-level coursework or careers in certain fields."
A recent study by the League of Women Voters reported "77 percent of private schools receiving vouchers are using curricula that do not comply with state standards, leaving many students unprepared for college-level coursework or careers in certain fields."
 
A new study by N.C. State University highlights positive academic effects of the state’s Opportunity Scholarship program.
A new study by N.C. State University highlights positive academic effects of the state’s Opportunity Scholarship program.
 
The legislature comes to Raleigh Wednesday for the "short session" and opening day promises to be far more exciting than most years
The legislature comes to Raleigh Wednesday for the "short session" and opening day promises to be far more exciting than most years
 
Enough is enough, say school voucher advocates who want a three-judge Superior Court panel to dismiss Gov. Roy Cooper's lawsuit against North Carolina's Opportunity Scholarship program
Enough is enough, say school voucher advocates who want a three-judge Superior Court panel to dismiss Gov. Roy Cooper's lawsuit against North Carolina's Opportunity Scholarship program
 
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
 
Last week Duke’s Children Law Clinic released its study of North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), School Vouchers in North Carolina: The First Three Years
Last week Duke’s Children Law Clinic released its study of North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), School Vouchers in North Carolina: The First Three Years
 
Yesterday, on February 7th, Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the Senate as US Secretary of Education in President Trump's administration.
Yesterday, on February 7th, Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the Senate as US Secretary of Education in President Trump's administration.
 
North Carolina parents are asking for more education options for their children. Currently one of the most popular options is vouchers (Opportunity Scholarships and Special Needs Scholarships)
North Carolina parents are asking for more education options for their children. Currently one of the most popular options is vouchers (Opportunity Scholarships and Special Needs Scholarships)
 
With the election just around the corner, there is no shortage of polls willing to tell others what the public thinks. So when a pollster tells you they surveyed State Legislators about what they think on K-12 education, choice-based policies and the profession, it catches your attention
With the election just around the corner, there is no shortage of polls willing to tell others what the public thinks. So when a pollster tells you they surveyed State Legislators about what they think on K-12 education, choice-based policies and the profession, it catches your attention
 
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to interact with undergraduate and doctoral students at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to interact with undergraduate and doctoral students at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education
 
A new study from the University of Arkansas finds that crime rates among students in private school voucher programs are lower than those among students who attend traditional public schools.
A new study from the University of Arkansas finds that crime rates among students in private school voucher programs are lower than those among students who attend traditional public schools.
 
Lawmakers created "a pretty good fix" to a growing concern that school districts were bypassing the intent of a state law granting educational vouchers to disabled students to attend private schools, said House Budget Committee Vice Chairman Rep. Rob Bryan.
Lawmakers created "a pretty good fix" to a growing concern that school districts were bypassing the intent of a state law granting educational vouchers to disabled students to attend private schools, said House Budget Committee Vice Chairman Rep. Rob Bryan.
 
In a 4-3 decision, the NC Supreme Court ruled that the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides vouchers to low-income families, is constitutional. Obviously I am pleased with the outcome, but I am even happier about the timing. The expected release date for the next batch of Supreme Court...
In a 4-3 decision, the NC Supreme Court ruled that the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides vouchers to low-income families, is constitutional. Obviously I am pleased with the outcome, but I am even happier about the timing. The expected release date for the next batch of Supreme Court...
 
The recent decision by the State Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of school vouchers has turned supporters toward the future and critics toward raising the volume on public discussion.
The recent decision by the State Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of school vouchers has turned supporters toward the future and critics toward raising the volume on public discussion.
 
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.
 
North Carolina routinely routes tax dollars to private service providers - both directly, in the form of Medicaid reimbursements and college tuition grants, as well as indirectly, in the form of public assistance that recipients spend themselves on food, clothing, shelter, and other goods.
North Carolina routinely routes tax dollars to private service providers - both directly, in the form of Medicaid reimbursements and college tuition grants, as well as indirectly, in the form of public assistance that recipients spend themselves on food, clothing, shelter, and other goods.
 
Public schools work for Delicia Hare's 14-year-old son, but not so well for her 8-year-old son Christian Houston. Hare uses the $4,200 voucher she gets from the state's Opportunity Scholarship Program to offset some of the costs of sending Christian to Raleigh Christian Academy. She homeschooled...
Public schools work for Delicia Hare's 14-year-old son, but not so well for her 8-year-old son Christian Houston. Hare uses the $4,200 voucher she gets from the state's Opportunity Scholarship Program to offset some of the costs of sending Christian to Raleigh Christian Academy. She homeschooled...
 
This is National School Choice Week and there are many reasons to celebrate this modest but important idea. School choice is based on a simple truth: Parents know their children better than anyone else. As such, parents - not the government - should control their children's education and where...
This is National School Choice Week and there are many reasons to celebrate this modest but important idea. School choice is based on a simple truth: Parents know their children better than anyone else. As such, parents - not the government - should control their children's education and where...
 
The N.C. Supreme Court says the state can commence administrative preparations for the Opportunity Scholarship Program while it considers an appeal from a lower court's order that ruled the program unconstitutional.
The N.C. Supreme Court says the state can commence administrative preparations for the Opportunity Scholarship Program while it considers an appeal from a lower court's order that ruled the program unconstitutional.
 
The N.C. Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of the state's fledgling Opportunity Scholarship Program, bypassing the Court of Appeals.
The N.C. Supreme Court will decide the constitutionality of the state's fledgling Opportunity Scholarship Program, bypassing the Court of Appeals.
 
The N.C. Court of Appeals will allow nearly 1,900 students to get vouchers for the current school year while a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the fledgling Opportunity Scholarships is on appeal.
The N.C. Court of Appeals will allow nearly 1,900 students to get vouchers for the current school year while a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the fledgling Opportunity Scholarships is on appeal.
 
I got a private message over the weekend from a drive-by media personality who works for one of the better-known media outlets in the eastern part of North Carolina.
I got a private message over the weekend from a drive-by media personality who works for one of the better-known media outlets in the eastern part of North Carolina.
 
The move Thursday by a Wake County Superior Court judge to strike down the state's fledgling Opportunity Scholarships program is seen as a short-term setback by supporters of the private tuition vouchers.
The move Thursday by a Wake County Superior Court judge to strike down the state's fledgling Opportunity Scholarships program is seen as a short-term setback by supporters of the private tuition vouchers.
 
An grass-roots group that backs school choice has asked the state Senate to shift $20 million it targeted for film incentives toward vouchers that would help low-income children attend private schools.
An grass-roots group that backs school choice has asked the state Senate to shift $20 million it targeted for film incentives toward vouchers that would help low-income children attend private schools.
 
Supporters of private school vouchers rallied Tuesday outside the Legislative Building urging lawmakers to lift the cap on the number of students eligible to receive the vouchers in the coming school year.
Supporters of private school vouchers rallied Tuesday outside the Legislative Building urging lawmakers to lift the cap on the number of students eligible to receive the vouchers in the coming school year.
 
Parents of students seeking to benefit from the state's Opportunity Scholarships program must wait for the N.C. Court of Appeals to consider a lawsuit filed on their behalf. Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood denied motions made by defendants to delay his preliminary injunction preventing the schol
Parents of students seeking to benefit from the state's Opportunity Scholarships program must wait for the N.C. Court of Appeals to consider a lawsuit filed on their behalf. Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood denied motions made by defendants to delay his preliminary injunction preventing the schol
 
Momma always said you can learn more listening than you can speaking, so now that a judge has called a temporary halt to North Carolina's school voucher program let's spend time in listening to both sides of this issue. And the best way to get information is to ask questions.
Momma always said you can learn more listening than you can speaking, so now that a judge has called a temporary halt to North Carolina's school voucher program let's spend time in listening to both sides of this issue. And the best way to get information is to ask questions.
 
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.
 
The survey of 400 registered, unaffiliated North Carolina voters was done Aug. 19-20. More than 26 percent of registered voters in the state are unaffiliated.
The survey of 400 registered, unaffiliated North Carolina voters was done Aug. 19-20. More than 26 percent of registered voters in the state are unaffiliated.
 
A bill that would authorize tax dollars to be used for private school vouchers cleared its first hurdle Tuesday by passing the House Education Committee in a 27-21 vote.
A bill that would authorize tax dollars to be used for private school vouchers cleared its first hurdle Tuesday by passing the House Education Committee in a 27-21 vote.
 
Sizzling oratory and stubborn statistics clashed as opponents of a tax-funded voucher bill for private schools squared off against advocates of the...
Sizzling oratory and stubborn statistics clashed as opponents of a tax-funded voucher bill for private schools squared off against advocates of the...
 
Remember Where's Waldo? Imagine for a moment that he had the word "privatization" stitched on his colorful little cap, and see if you can spot him...
Remember Where's Waldo? Imagine for a moment that he had the word "privatization" stitched on his colorful little cap, and see if you can spot him...
 
Not true - that's my response to the oped by Yevonne Brannon and Nick Rhodes in last week's News & Observer about school vouchers and their supposed harmful impacts on students and schools.
Not true - that's my response to the oped by Yevonne Brannon and Nick Rhodes in last week's News & Observer about school vouchers and their supposed harmful impacts on students and schools.
 
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 voucher program is likely to offer North Carolina the most transparent, easy-to-understand school choice option the state could consider this year. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report offers that assessment. Vouchers also require no tax code changes.
A voucher program is likely to offer North Carolina the most transparent, easy-to-understand school choice option the state could consider this year. A new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report offers that assessment. Vouchers also require no tax code changes.
 
Vouchers tend to be more transparent and easier for parents to understand than other types of choice options.
Vouchers tend to be more transparent and easier for parents to understand than other types of choice options.
 
I was tempted to address Cardinal Dolan in my headline but I'm not yet sure how responsible he is for the decision to put two Staten Island schools on the "at risk" list for closure.
I was tempted to address Cardinal Dolan in my headline but I'm not yet sure how responsible he is for the decision to put two Staten Island schools on the "at risk" list for closure.
 
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