by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
The N.C. State Education Assistance Authority posted updated data on the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which awards private school vouchers to low-income children.
Between 2017 and 2019, the Opportunity Scholarship Program had a 12.8 percent increase in applications and a 16 percent increase in recipients (so far). Not bad!
2018-19 School Year
New Applicants: 11,935
Eligible New Applicants: 8,113
New Scholarships Offered: 7,593
New Scholarships Accepted: 5,537
Total 18-19 Recipients to date: 8,553
2017-18 School Year
New Applicants 10,577
Eligible New Applicants 7,432
New Scholarships Offered 6,053
Total 17-18 Recipients to date 7,371