Regarding the Feb. 17 editorial “Vouchers lack accountability”: The only thing “preposterous” about the proposed Opportunity Scholarship program is that some are unwilling to give it a try. At the heart of this program is giving parents the freedom to choose where their children go to school.
North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship program currently gives thousands of low-income students a real choice in education. A comprehensive study of a similar program in Florida found significant improvements in participants’ test scores, and found that the increased competition was good for surrounding schools as well.
Thirty-three studies have examined school choice’s effect on students’ academic outcomes in public schools. Of those, 31 find public school performance improves when a school choice program exists.
Opponents like Gov. Roy Cooper ignore these benefits by claiming Opportunity Scholarship schools have no accountability. Nonsense. The high demand from parents for such a program is evidence enough that the program is meeting a real need. Parents can remove their kids from the program at any time.
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North Carolina parents need programs like the Opportunity Scholarship in order to find schools that work best for their children.
State Director, Americans for Prosperity