• John Locke Update

    Editors’ feeble complaints against the Opportunity Scholarship Program say more about them than the vouchers

    posted September 27, 2021 by Dr. Robert Luebke
    News & Observer editors write frequently about their concern for the poor and the need to provide North Carolinians access to quality educational opportunities — which the Opportunity Scholarship Program meets by providing low- and moderate-income students the opportunity to access a better education. Instead of seeing Opportunity Scholarships as a lifeline for needy students, editors claim the program lacks accountability, diverts much-needed funds away from the public schools, and serves as a vehicle for discrimination. Such claims falter under close review, raising further doubts about the editors’ intentions and more questions about their public embrace of teachers’ unions.
  • John Locke Update

    The pandemic’s silver lining: the growing popularity of school choice, Part 2

    posted April 29, 2021 by Dr. Robert Luebke
    Learning Loss Education Savings Accounts can remedy the damaging impacts of students being out of the classroom and empower parents to find the educational option that best fits their child’s needs. The American Rescue Plan Act expands the child tax credit to $3,000 or $3,600, depending on the age of the child, and this change can greatly aid the ability of parents to afford private school.
  • John Locke Update

    The pandemic’s silver lining: the growing popularity of school choice, Part 1

    posted April 23, 2021 by Dr. Robert Luebke
    Support for school choice is strong nationally and resulted in new programs and expansions in many states. North Carolina legislation to expand choice programs and grant a tax credit to homeschooling families, if approved, would increase the amount of the assistance as well as the number of people using school choice programs.
  • John Locke Update

    Civitas Poll: North Carolinians love school choice and hate pandemic schooling

    posted January 28, 2021 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    People overwhelmingly favor parents being in charge of their children's education, and Opportunity Scholarships had strong, bipartisan support. These findings should spur legislators to help parents by giving them more control over their children's education.
  • John Locke Update

    Candidates and Public Charter Schools, Part 2: Superintendent of Public Instruction

    posted October 7, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Jen Mangrum made it clear that doing "what's best for all our kids" includes slashing the number of charter schools. During the forum, Mangrum reiterated her longstanding belief that charter schools are taking funds from traditional public schools. Her preferred remedy is reinstating a cap on the number of charters.
  • John Locke Update

    Candidates and Public Charter Schools, Part 1: General Assembly and Council of State

    posted October 6, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    The future of public charter schools in North Carolina may depend on who controls the General Assembly and occupies Council of State offices. If you are a charter school parent like me or simply want to ensure that all families have plentiful educational options, it is critical that you consider candidates’ views of charter schools.
  • John Locke Update

    A Sweet Victory for School Choice in North Carolina

    posted September 10, 2020 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Gov. Roy Cooper’s decision to sign the Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0 is deeply satisfying. After years of enduring his strident opposition to the expansion of school choice in North Carolina, I am delighted to see his signature on legislation that affords additional seats for the state’s two virtual charter schools and three private school choice programs.

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