Families running to school choice in NC

Thursday, August 24, 2017
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

School busesNorth Carolina's school choice program is marking a milestone during the current school year, reaching more than 8,000 families with scholarship funds.

Brian Jodice of Parents for Educational Freedom says this is the first year the program will enjoy full subscription since it began in 2013.

Opponents sued over the program until the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld the program in 2015.

"So there was a bit of a legal cloud that sort of hung over the program for the first three years," Jodice recalls. "That was lifted and since that point we've seen really incredible growth here for the Opportunity Scholarship Program."

More than 33,000 families have applied for the program in the four years it's been operating.

Opponents of the program should realize that there is room for both traditional and nontraditional schooling options for parents and their children, Jodice tells OneNewsNow.

"We often begin this debate with we have to have one or the other," he says, "and we're saying let's have all options on the table."

Jodice also reports that public charter schools have exploded with 70-percent growth after a cap on public charter schools was yanked six years ago.

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