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Statement from PEFNC’s Mike Long on the passage of HB 103 (2022 Appropriations Act) with bi-partisan support

July 1, 2022 (Raleigh, NC) -- Among other things, the budget bill will increase the Opportunity Scholarship Program by $56M for the 2023-24 school year and expand eligibility for students in households with an income level not in excess of 200% of the amount required to qualify for the federal free or reduced-price lunch program. Additionally, the budget will increase funding for the Special Needs Education Savings Account (ESA+) by $16M for the coming school year (2022-23). This should help families currently on the ESA+ waitlist to have access to the necessary resources to assist their child with special needs. 


THOUSANDS OF NEW FAMILIES ARE HOPEFUL FOR A CHANCE TO SECURE A SCHOLARSHIP

The first month of Opportunity Scholarship applications highlights incredible demand for the program  

Raleigh, NC (Wednesday, March 9, 2022) – Families across North Carolina have flooded the Opportunity Scholarship Program with new applications for the coming school year (2022-23), according to the latest data from the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority and school choice advocacy organization Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC).  

In the first month of new applications (applications opened on February 1, 2022), 9,136 new students (and their families) applied for the program, which provides scholarships up to $6,168 for students to attend the private school of their choice. In addition to the vast demand from new applicants, to date, 16,299 students (and their families) have accepted their renewal offer for the coming school year; these are students already on scholarship who are saying right away that they will return to their private school of choice with the scholarship in the Fall.  


Celebrating Exceptional Educators: Charlotte Teacher Wins National School Choice Week’s North Carolina Educator of the Year

Only Five Educators from North Carolina Selected in First-Ever Honor for Teachers

Charlotte, NC (Friday, January 28, 2022) -- In celebration of National School Choice Week, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina is honoring and awarding five educators in our state as part of the first-ever National School Choice Week North Carolina Educators of the Year.

National School Choice Week is the world’s largest celebration of opportunity in education and is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort. Nominations poured in from across the state, and one of the five winners is from Charlotte.

Kimberly Williams is a 17-year educator and teaches from 6th through the 12th grade at Victory Christian Center School.


Celebrating Exceptional Educators: Wilmington Teacher Wins National School Choice Week’s North Carolina Educator of the Year

Only Five Educators from North Carolina Selected in First-Ever Honor for Teachers

Wilmington, NC (Thursday, January 27, 2022) -- In celebration of National School Choice Week, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina is honoring and awarding five educators in our state as part of the first-ever National School Choice Week North Carolina Educators of the Year.

National School Choice Week is the world’s largest celebration of opportunity in education and is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort. Nominations poured in from across the state, and one of the five winners is from Wilmington.

Heather Fahnestock has been an educator for more than 20 years and currently focuses on math and sciences for the 9th through the 12th grade at Waterview Learning Academy.


Celebrating Exceptional Educators: Fayetteville Teacher Wins National School Choice Week’s North Carolina Educator of the Year

Only Five Educators from North Carolina Selected in First-Ever Honor for Teachers

Fayetteville, NC (Wednesday, January 26, 2022) -- In celebration of National School Choice Week, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina is honoring and awarding five educators in our state as part of the first-ever National School Choice Week North Carolina Educators of the Year.

National School Choice Week is the world’s largest celebration of opportunity in education and is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort. Nominations poured in from across the state, and one of the five winners is from Fayetteville.

Shannon Johnston is a 42-year educator and teaches classes for 6th through the 12th grade at The School of Hope.


Celebrating Exceptional Educators: Greensboro Teacher Wins National School Choice Week’s North Carolina Educator of the Year

Only Five Educators from North Carolina Selected in First-Ever Honor for Teachers 

Greensboro, NC (Wednesday, January 26, 2022) -- In celebration of National School Choice Week, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina is honoring and awarding five educators in our state as part of the first-ever National School Choice Week North Carolina Educators of the Year. 

National School Choice Week is the world’s largest celebration of opportunity in education and is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort. Nominations poured in from across the state, and one of the five winners is from Greensboro. 

Christine Lawe is a 21-year educator and currently focuses on reading for Kindergarten through the 6th grade at New Garden Friends School. 


Celebrating Exceptional Educators: Salisbury Teacher Wins National School Choice Week’s North Carolina Educator of the Year

Only Five Educators from North Carolina Selected in First-Ever Honor for Teachers

Salisbury, NC (Tuesday, January 25, 2022) -- In celebration of National School Choice Week, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina is honoring and awarding five educators in our state as part of the first-ever National School Choice Week North Carolina Educators of the Year.

National School Choice Week is the world’s largest celebration of opportunity in education and is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort. Nominations poured in from across the state, and one of the five winners is from Salisbury.

Angela Galloway is a nine-year educator and teaches classes from 1st grade through the 6th grade at Yadkin Path Montessori.


A Celebration of School Choice Across North Carolina

A Celebration of School Choice Across North Carolina

Our Nation Unites During National School Choice Week, Educational Choice the Reason for the Celebration

Raleigh, NC (January 24, 2022) – Students, parents, families, and educators across the United States join in the annual celebration of National School Choice Week, and here in North Carolina, school choice continues to shine. Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, a statewide non-profit established in 2005, proclaims once again that school choice is here to stay in the Old North State.


PEFNC Applauds Support for School Choice Expansion in North Carolina

Raleigh, NC – Mike Long, President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, released the following statement regarding legislative proposals that would empower more families in North Carolina through school choice and educational options. 


Governor Cooper holds firm on attacking scholarships, denying low income families equal access in education by eliminating the Opportunity Scholarship Program

Raleigh, NC – Mike Long, President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, released the following statement regarding Governor Roy Cooper’s proposed budget:

“Once again, Governor Roy Cooper has proposed a state budget that fails to meet the growing demand and need from families seeking equal access to the school of their choice. By cutting funding for North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, Cooper is holding firm on his belief that the scholarship program (which currently provides support to over 16,000 students from lower income households) is “an expense we should stop in our state.” (Governor Cooper in his own words)

The Opportunity Scholarship Program, and the thousands of students the program serves, is an investment not an expense.