As School Choice Week arrives, much has changed in the last year

(The Center Square) – Options for school children in North Carolina were different a year ago.

Come Sunday when National School Choice Week begins, there will be much to celebrate among those who advocate that children should not be in poor-performing schools just because of where they live.

The state will spend $17.3 billion for education in the fiscal year through June 30. That’s a 6.1% increase. There’s $17.9 billion set aside for 2024-25. Lawmakers granted more than half of each year’s state budget to education.

Opportunity scholarships, the mechanism for school choice in the state, is available for all kindergarten through 12th grade students. They can attend the school of their choice, including private schools. The budget increases accountability through required student testing for schools with opportunity scholarship students.

North Carolina became the 10th state, and first without a Republican trifecta leading state government, to enact universal school choice in
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