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Sen. Tillman Was For Vouchers Before He Was Against Them?

Senator Tillman today, 2015 : “I’ve never been for school vouchers.” (Policy Watch)

“They [private schools] are not regulated and we don’t know what they teach there, do we? Do you know?” said Tillman at the conclusion of Tuesday’s joint education appropriations meeting. A proponent of “school choice,” Tillman said he prefers the charter school model over private school vouchers.

“And do you know who’s the biggest recipient of school vouchers? A Muslim school,” said Tillman. “The Muslim schools are leading the pack. I’m not in favor of that.”

Let’s take a walk back in time, shall we?

As you read, ask yourself: Does Senator Tillman believe in all school choice or just the choice of schools he deems worthy?

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NC Supreme Court To Hear Opportunity Scholarships Case on 2/17

According to the NC Supreme Court’s docket list, the Opportunity Scholarships case is slated for Tuesday, February 17th. The Opportunity Scholarships are for low-income children and the vast majority of those who applied are minority students. Continue reading

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Dueling #Narratives On Vouchers

Dueling narratives on “vouchers” have emerged in the last 24 hours. It’s not really a “voucher” issue, it’s about the Opportunity Scholarships.

Yesterday, an Ex-NCAE lobbyist switched sides in voucher debate.

Today, the education PR outfit, EducationNC, has the following story up on their site today: NC Policy Watch Panel on Vouchers

Note who was in this conversation — Moral Monday participant, NCAE attorney and newly elected Wake County Commissioner, Jessica Holmes:

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#AmplifyChoice: Dr. Terry Stoops On NC Charter Schools

Last week I attended a school choice conference in Washington, D.C. called Amplify Choice. That conference focused mainly on Charter schools. Earlier this week, I took a look at the similarities and differences in two D.C. schools; Archbishop Carroll High and Achievement Prep Charter.

Today, I’ll be covering some more from the Amplify Choice event as it relates to North Carolina, including an interview with Dr. Terry Stoops, Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation.

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Just A Reminder, Opportunity Scholarships Are Not Out Of The Woods

North Carolina has an ongoing lawsuit over the General Assembly’s Opportunity Scholarships. The idea behind these scholarships is that the parents of children who meet a particular income threshold can apply for a grant or scholarship to spend at the school of their choice.

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FL Teachers Union Takes Hit Over School Choice

A Florida judge dealt a blow to a teachers union and their allies in the state trying to end the state’s thirteen year-old Tuition Tax Credit Scholarship program according to the Daily Signal. Continue reading

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NC Opportunity Scholarship Funds Released By Appeals Court

Some good news for the over 1,800 kids depending on the Opportunity Scholarships which were already approved, yet the funding transfer was held up. A NC Appeals court has ordered the release of those funds.

New at Carolina Journal Online: Appeals Court releases voucher money http://t.co/4xtCJLsvbr #ncpol #schoolchoice #ncga #nced

— JohnLockeFoundation (@JohnLockeNC) September 19, 2014

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