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Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to interact with undergraduate and doctoral students at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education
What if the conventional wisdom about education in North Carolina were exactly backwards, and it was Republicans who have been more generous in funding our state's schools
Accountability -- and our outdated concept of it -- is a topic Andy Smarick of the Fordham Institute artfully explores in recent blog post "Public Accountability vs. Consumer Accountability".
Although the debate about education policy is robust, complicated, and sometimes vitriolic, there is actually broad agreement about the bottom line
Although the debate about education policy is robust, complicated, and sometimes vitriolic, there is actually broad agreement about the bottom line
North Carolina's still-young Opportunity Scholarship Program would get a major boost if a provision in the proposed Senate budget becomes law
North Carolina families are hungry for school choice. To wit: the state's opportunity scholarship program has had more than 15,000 eligible applicants since its inception just two years ago
When I first advocated the idea of parental choice in elementary and secondary education, it was considered by many to be a radical notion.
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.
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.
Recently, there has been a significant amount of media coverage surrounding public charter schools. In his latest video, Lt. Governor Dan Forest dispels many of the myths perpetuated by those against school choice.
As North Carolina nears the 20th anniversary of the law that opened the door to public charter schools in the state, 82,000 students are enrolled now in charter schools
Nashville-Civitas Center for Law and Freedom (CLF) Lead Counsel Elliot Engstrom will be a featured panelist at the Heartland Institute's Emerging Issues Forum on Dec. 9 in Nashville, Tennessee.
On net, this year's final budget deal can be viewed positively by conservatives. Tipping the scales in favor of the spending plan include: a net tax cut of nearly $400 million over two years, allowing the renewable energy tax credit to expire, elimination of taxpayer support for the highly...
Today, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2014, a report that assembles data from a variety of sources to assess the relative safety of public schools in each state.
As a very public advocate of parental choice in education for most of my adult life, I am used to having my intentions questioned.
Many of the controversies roiling public education are traceable to a system that assigns students to schools based on where they live. One North Carolina community that is working hard to remedy this problem through expanding educational opportunity is the town of Wake Forest.
Over the past four years, state policymakers in Raleigh have adopted a series of sweeping changes in public policy, including a new state tax code, school choice, new energy policies, election laws, and historic reforms of the regulatory process. Some North Carolinians have welcomed these...
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...
Her son has yet to turn 3, but Kamala Massey of Raleigh already is exploring alternatives to traditional public schools as she determines what's in his best educational interest.
This week is National School Choice Week and various organizations are sponsoring events to celebrate the occasion. If you would like to learn more about private, home, district, and charter school options, attend one of the events listed below.
Her son has yet to turn 3, but Kamala Massey of Raleigh already is exploring alternatives to traditional public schools as she determines what's in his best educational interest.
One would think that the process of comparing and reporting test scores would be a straightforward matter. In North Carolina, state standardized testing is anything but straightforward.
Building on positive reforms from the past few years, North Carolina's elected leaders can take more steps to help boost economic growth, improve education, and fight overregulation. The John Locke Foundation's new Agenda 2014 Policy Report offers more than 110 recommendations addressing these...
A survey of nearly 900 academic studies from the past quarter-century shows North Carolina has been moving in the right direction on education reform in recent years. That's a key conclusion from a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report.
Why does the Left oppose school choice? It can't be because they oppose tax dollars going to private, even faith-based institutions. For decades, state and federal subsidies have flowed to private colleges and universities, including sectarian institutions. For decades, Medicare and Medicaid...
In this week's CommenTerry, I examine school choice from a few different angles, mostly right angles, but angles nonetheless.
In an editorial earlier this week, News & Observer editors admonished those who seek to slow down the implementation of Common Core Standards and want the state to back out from national testing requirements.
A few weeks ago, I was interviewing one of North Carolina's senior Democratic statesmen for my upcoming biography of former Gov. Jim Martin. Not surprisingly, the interview occasionally veered from the political events of 20 years ago to the political events of 2013.
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...
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.
A recent poll of North Carolinians by the Civitas Institute and the Friedman Foundation reported that if given a choice of where to educate their child, only 34 percent of respondents said they would choose a traditional public school.
Few North Carolinians realize that the state has extensive educational options for preschoolers and college students but little for children in the "middle" -- the 1.5 million students in traditional K-12 public schools.
A new political climate in the state capital could result in a number of school choice reforms enacted into law next year, a panel of legislators said Tuesday during a luncheon on school choice.
Even in the midst of a near-monopoly education system, most parents are active participants in determining, or at least attempting to influence, where and how their children are educated.
The Sept. 18 "Lunch and Learn: School Choice - the Road Ahead" highlighted wide public support for giving parents and students more choices in where they go to school.
Excitement about school choice is helping to remake North Carolina public and private schools. Enrollment in charter schools is exploding.
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.
Net growth in the percentage of North Carolina students attending schools of choice between 2001 and 2010 posed no threat to traditional public school enrollment.