With North Carolina expansions the book may be closed on 2015 private choice

September 23, 2015

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Jason has a useful rundown on the private choice action in 2015 over at Cato after North Carolina added some style points to Greg’s latest easy triumph over Jay Mathews. Very, very, very good year. It is still time to raise the bar on the bet.

North Carolina Goes Big on Reform

July 22, 2013

(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.


Special needs voucher bill has passed.

%d bloggers like this: