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PEFNC releases NC parent survey on distance learning, school reopenings

PEFNC releases comprehensive survey of NC parent attitudes on distance learning, school reopenings for 2020-2021 school year during COVID-19 pandemic

Parents are evenly split on return to in-person school vs. online or hybrid, while 93% are more inclined to support school choice policies during the pandemic

Raleigh (July 20, 2020) – Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), the state’s leading school-choice advocacy organization, has released the results of a new survey of 835 NC parents on their experience with distance learning—plus their comfort level with returning to school this year—during the COVID-19 pandemic. See a summary of the data or download the full report.


U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Families and Education Freedom

In a landmark victory for education freedom, today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of children and families in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue in a 5-4 decision.


Long: Give families the help and attention they deserve

Mike Long, President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, today released the following statement on Senate Bill 857 (Private School Families Tax Incentive), a newly introduced bill in the N.C. Senate that seeks to provide assistance to school choice families.


PEFNC denounces N.C. House lawmakers for trying to take Opportunity Scholarships away from low-income families

Mike Long, President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, today released the following statement regarding House Bill 1129, a newly introduced bill in the N.C. House that seeks to abolish the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP).

“Our state is embroiled in a once-in-a-century global pandemic. People’s bank accounts are being impacted every day, especially those of working-class families in North Carolina. And yet, in the middle of this crisis, a small group of House lawmakers want to take away the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which currently enables 12,283 students in our state to get the education they deserve,” Long said. “Outrageously, this effort to end Opportunity Scholarships is hidden in a broader bill that seeks to respond to recent court decisions on the Leandro case providing ‘a sound basic education’ to all NC children. Our message to sponsors of the bill: You cannot to take away educational opportunity freely chosen by thousands of families. You cannot advance Leandro policy on the backs of these students.”


Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina on the passing of Representative Linda Johnson

Raleigh, NC (February 19, 2020) -- Mike Long, President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) released the following statement after the passing of North Carolina Representative Linda Johnson.


To celebrate National School Choice Week, PEFNC hosts free movie screening of “Miss Virginia”

Raleigh (January 27, 2020) – North Carolina’s leading school-choice advocacy organization, Parents for Educational Freedom (PEFNC), is hosting a free film screening for “Miss Virginia” on January 28 at 6:30pm at the Cameo Art House Theater in downtown Fayetteville. Free popcorn and soda will be provided.


PEFNC celebrates National School Choice Week in Charlotte

Raleigh (January 27, 2020) – Students, parents, teachers, and school leaders will celebrate educational access for all at a National School Choice Week rally in Charlotte on Friday, January 31, running from 10am to 11am at the Discovery Place in uptown. Sponsored by Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), the state’s leading voice for parental choice in education, the event will include a Student Showcase, highlighting the various talents of students in the greater Charlotte area.


2020 applications set to open for North Carolina’s trio of school choice programs

Raleigh (January 27, 2020) – Applications for North Carolina’s trio of school-choice scholarship programs—the Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), Children with Disabilities Grant (CWD), and Education Savings Account (ESA)—are set to open this week (applications are officially open on January 31st), reports Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), the state’s leading voice for school choice.


Governor Cooper Wanted to Eliminate Opportunity Scholarship Program

Major disconnect between Governor and low-income working families who rely on scholarships

Raleigh (August 5, 2019)– Mike Long, President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), released the following statement today in response to Governor Roy Cooper’s appearance on Education Matters over the weekend. Governor Cooper said that he vetoed the budget, in part, due to “unaccountable private-school vouchers” that “siphon money away from our public schools.” He further claimed that “we have no way of knowing if the students who are going to these private schools are getting the kind of education that they need.” The Governor also admitted that he wanted to eliminate funding for the program.


More than a trend, record enrollment in non-traditional schools continues to rise

More than a trend, record enrollment in non-traditional schools continues to rise

PEFNC celebrates empowering parents through educational choice, helps 10,000+ to date in 2019

Raleigh, NC (July 24, 2019) – Mike Long, President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC), released the following statement as new statewide figures point to another year of increased enrollment in non-traditional schools in the state. Of the 1.8 million North Carolinians enrolled in K-12 schools, just over 20 percent (around 354,000 students) are now attending public charter, private, or home schools, while attendance in traditional public schools has dipped below 80 percent, highlighting a major shift in educational choice in North Carolina.