by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
In an op-ed published in the News & Observer, Renée D. Flaherty, an attorney at the Institute for Justice who defended the Opportunity Scholarship Program, writes
Most Americans already have educational choice: They choose to live in a good school district or they can pay for private school. Educational choice is widespread—unless you cannot afford it. Through the Opportunity Scholarship Program, the North Carolina General Assembly is giving low-income families the same educational choices that wealthier families already enjoy. The OSP’s expansion should be celebrated, and it should be no surprise that research shows that the program has made a difference in students’ lives.