North Carolina Goes Big on Reform

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

So…wow…the NC budget proposal is chock full of K-12 reform.  Click on the link and check out:

Pages 67-69
TFA expansion

Pages 70-73
College Board Partnership

Pages 73-38
School Vouchers for Low-Income Students

Pages 98-101
A-F School Grading

Pages 102-127
Teacher Contract and Dismissal language

North Carolina lawmakers seem likely to pass a special needs voucher program as well.

On the choice front, if both programs pass more than 50% of North Carolina students will become eligible to exercise private choice in the state.  The choice efforts of 2011, 2012 and now 2013 rank as the three most successful years in the history of the parental choice movement.  If North Carolina passes this set of reforms, they will join as fraternity of states pursuing K-12 reform over the objections of the special interests which typically dominate K-12 policy formation.  The quality of implementation and the sheer determination of reformers in the state will be the ultimate keys to the success of these reforms.

The kids starting with the least have the most to gain.

UPDATE

Special needs voucher bill has passed.

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8 Responses to North Carolina Goes Big on Reform

  1. Terry Stoops says:

    NC’s surprisingly sexy budget also includes:

    – Bonuses (in year two) for the top teachers in the state

    – A requirement that the State Board of Education receive legislative approval to implement Common Core assessments

    – Increased budget flexibility and transparency requirements for school districts

    – Funding for additional school safety measures

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