New state budget has big gains for school choice in North Carolina
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We have exciting news to share! After a long legislative session, the General Assembly has approved a new budget and Gov. Roy Cooper signed it into law today.  This budget significantly expands school choice across the state! Scholarship programs are extended to more families than ever before and the state will invest in the programs in historic ways ..read more
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Parent Testimonial: They are both successful and happy kids
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"My children are adopted and have physical differences, such as bilateral facial cleft which we did surgery on, and ichthyosis, a skin condition that looks like fish scales. Village Christian Academy is a place they feel loved and accepted. They don't have to feel different or bullied as they did in public school. One child has a sensory integration disorder and needs more one-on-one attention. The other is nearly two grades ahead intellectually. They both are individually catered too and challenged at Village Christian Academy by their exceptional teachers. They are both successful and happy ..read more
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Parent Testimonial: In-person learning and a small classroom environment
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“The Opportunity Scholarship Program has allowed my child to attend a private school that offered in-person learning and a small classroom environment. That meets my son’s needs academically and pushes him to be comfortable socially. The classroom setting was the difference maker that helped him excel academically. None of this would have been possible without the Opportunity Scholarship.” — Cynthia, Fayetteville ..read more
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Parent Testimonial: A chance for students who need it most
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“Because of the amazing Opportunity Scholarship Program, my children have been able to receive an education that is second to none. This would never happen if I didn’t have the opportunity to pick a private school that better meets their needs. Without the Opportunity Scholarship, we could not have afforded this type of educational environment. Why should private school only be available to those of means? This scholarship is giving a chance to students who need it the most.” — Ieshia Squires, Winterville NC ..read more
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Parental School Choice in Action: Behind the Scenes of Legislative Advocacy Day with Parents and School Leaders
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4M ago
Last week was a beautiful gathering of parents, school leaders, legislators, educators, and supporters of parental school choice. We came together for Legislative Advocacy Day to encourage the expansion of parental school choice through programs like North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program and the Personal Education Student Accounts (ESA+).  ..read more
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PEFNC Nominees Heidy Gómez and Martha Zaldivar Accepted for the Hispanics in Education Leadership Program
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4M ago
American Federation for Children (AFC) is launching its initial Hispanic Leadership Program. This program continues the success AFC has had in the past with their Future Leaders Fellowship, School Leadership Fellowship, and other outreach efforts. AFC sought nominations for leaders who wanted to get involved in helping their communities gain access to educational opportunities through school choice ..read more
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Stam: More Opportunity Scholarships Needed
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4M ago
Legislators ask whether Opportunity Scholarships are over funded.  Could the extra money be used elsewhere in a time of crisis?  Let me explain why the answer is no ..read more
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Opportunity Scholarship Program Lawsuit Update
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As you may know, the Opportunity Scholarship is facing a lawsuit brought on by the teacher's union. We want to provide an update on a motion recently filed to protect private schools from legal tactics of the teacher's union. Defenders of the scholarship program filed an appeal to the Court of Appeals asking the court to rule about whether the teacher's union challenge is appropriate and what type of hearing it should receive ..read more
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OSP Poll
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NEW POLL: 62% OF LIKELY N.C. GENERAL ELECTION VOTERS SUPPORT OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS 36% of respondents “strongly” favor the program Raleigh (Wednesday, December 1)—Nearly two-thirds of likely voters in North Carolina’s General Election support the Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), according to a new poll commissioned by Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC ..read more
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Parent Testimonial: We feel so blessed for her to receive an excellent education
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"Our child started first grade this year on the Opportunity Scholarship Program at Asheboro Hybrid Academy. As parents, we feel so blessed for her to receive an excellent education in the midst of the uncertainty and unusual circumstances of this COVID-19 season of life. Our school has a hybrid model between in-person and homeschool instruction that works well with our family. Without an Opportunity Scholarship, we could not have afforded this kind of educational environment for our daughter. This scholarship gives our daughter a chance to excel and become all she can be." — Erin and JD, Asheb ..read more
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