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Enrollment soars in NC private schools at levels not seen since the 1970s

The Herald (article by Keung Hui, News & Observer)

Enrollment in North Carolina private schools grew by the largest number in 50 years, while the number of students who are home schooling dropped. New figures released Friday by the state Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) show private school enrollment rose by 7,970 students in the 2021-22 school year.


Enrollment soars in NC private schools at levels not seen since the 1970s

By Keung Hui

“We should be looking to allow taxpaying citizens to get access to tax dollars to access the school of their choice,” Brian Jodice, executive vice president of Parents for Education Freedom in North Carolina, said in an interview Friday.


Opportunity Scholarships get a boost in new N.C. budget

Triangle NewsHub

The revised budget being considered this week by the North Carolina General Assembly would increase funding for the Opportunity Scholarship Program and raise income thresholds needed to qualify.

The budget puts an extra $56 million into the reserve fund for the scholarships, which are designed to give low- and moderate-income families the opportunity to leave their locally zoned public school and attend a private school that is a better fit for their children. 


Opportunity Scholarships get a boost in new N.C. budget

By David Bass, Carolina Journal

The revised budget being considered this week by the North Carolina General Assembly would increase funding for the Opportunity Scholarship Program and raise income thresholds needed to qualify.

The budget puts an extra $56 million into the reserve fund for the scholarships, which are designed to give low- and moderate-income families the opportunity to leave their locally zoned public school and attend a private school that is a better fit for their children. 

 


HEIDY GÓMEZ Y MARTHA ZALDIVAR: DOS HISPANAS PODEROSAS

Fuente: Coreen Villalobos Mundo

Raleigh, N.C., 28 de junio de 2022- Entre los muchos pensamientos compartidos con la Humanidad por la antropóloga y mensajera de la paz de la ONU, Jane Goodall, figura este: 
"No dejes pasar ni un solo día sin que tenga impacto en el mundo que te rodea. Lo que haces marca la diferencia, y tienes que decidir qué tipo de diferencia es la que quieres hacer".

Juneteenth resource event held in New Bern

Claire Curry has more on a Juneteenth resource event that took place in New Bern


Gov. Cooper pitches state budget proposal heavy on education spending

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Gov. Roy Cooper held a media briefing Wednesday afternoon to pitch his recommended state budget.

Cooper outlined his state budget plan that includes a 10% raise for teachers and principals over two years -- 5.7% in the first year and 4.3% in the second. The plan also provides a $2,000 bonus for educators in May of this year.


NC lawmakers want more funds to send kids from low-income homes to private school

By Emma Withrow

(FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Some North Carolina lawmakers want to get more money directed to a school voucher program that gives low-income parents the choice to send their kids to private schools.

The school voucher program currently provides $4,200 to low-income families who want to send their kids to a private school. Now, fast forward to the current legislative session.


NC educators group seeks $15 per hour for school workers and ending state-funded school vouchers

By Holden Kurwicki

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Association of Educators and State Superintendent Catherine Truitt seem to agree that change is necessary to improve our children’s education, but that doesn’t mean they’re on the same page as to how to go about it.

“We don’t want to put our school personnel in unsafe positions,” said NCAE President Tamika Walker-Kelly.


Public school enrollment is down in N.C. as alternatives grow during COVID-19 pandemic

By Keung Hui, The News & Observer

RALEIGH — North Carolina's traditional public schools are fighting to hold on to their students as they lose ground to their competitors during the coronavirus pandemic.