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As the source for parental school choice in our state, PEFNC is often asked to provide commentary on educational choice.

School choice could see gains in new legislature

By David Bass, Carolina Journal

As North Carolina prepares to celebrate National School Choice Week Jan. 24-30, the cause of educational freedom could see even more advancement during the North Carolina General Assembly’s 2021-2022 session. 

School-choice advocates are coming off what turned out to be a breakout year for their cause, as millions of parents nationwide fled their locally zoned school option for alternatives. Here in North Carolina, around 381,000 students are enrolled in schools of choice, including 150,000 in home schools, 127,000 in public charters, and 104,000 in private schools.

U.S. Education Secretary DeVos attends roundtable in Raleigh

By A.P. Dillon, North State Journal

RALEIGH — Parents, students, lawmakers and non-profit leaders came together to meet with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for a roundtable discussion of North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program and the state’s other school choice options.

As N.C. lawmakers expand school choice options during pandemic, the reaction is mixed

By Keung Hui, The News & Observer

RALEIGH — North Carolina's plan to expand school choice options this year is being praised as a victory for parents by some and condemned by others as draining money from public schools.

Legislation passed by the Republican-led General Assembly last week expands access to voucher programs to attend private schools and lets up to 3,800 more students attend the state's two virtual charter schools. It also includes a $335 stimulus check for parents with children younger than 18 to help offset remote learning costs.

To reverse declining attendance, WNC districts divert time and money toward self-promotion

By , Asheville Citizen Times

This school year will be David Proffitt’s 31st at Jackson County Public Schools, but his first on Instagram.

1 in 5 NC students don’t attend traditional public schools, new figures show

By Keung Hui, News & Observer

Raleigh, NC - Twenty percent of North Carolina’s students are not attending the state’s traditional public schools — and that percentage is expected to continue rising.

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Virtual charter school gets legislative approval to grow, but opponents push for a veto

By Alex Granados, EducationNC senior reporter

— The Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would, among other things, get rid of the enrollment cap on one of the state’s two virtual charter schools and allow it to grow its population by 20 percent annually if it so chose.

LONG: Students are flocking to private schools where teachers are paid less, but why?

North State Journal

You can pretty much guarantee that year after year, teachers’ unions and their allies will make one claim:

—Our public school teachers are not paid enough and our public schools are underfunded.

It is happening right now in North Carolina, but there is something blatantly missing from the teacher pay debate.


Grandmother Asks Governor Not to Scrap School Choice Program

The Daily Signal

A North Carolina woman with three grandchildren in the state’s school voucher program says she isn’t too proud to beg the governor not to reduce funding and phase it out, as he proposes.

Former lawmakers join NC school choice group's board

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, a state school choice group, has announced two new members to the organization’s board of directors. Joel Ford represented Mecklenburg County as a Democrat for three terms in the North Carolina Senate and Marilyn Avila represented Wake County as a Republican for five terms in the North Carolina House.

Governor releases budget proposal

by Alex Granados,

Governor Roy Cooper released his 2019-21 budget proposal today, including an average 9.1 percent teacher pay increase, elimination of new opportunity scholarships, a revamped principal pay schedule, and more. 

The release comes just one day after the Governor presented highlights from his education budget to a group of middle school educators as a sign of “respect” for teachers.