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North Carolina Lawmakers Allow Waiting Kids to Enter Choice Program

When the North Carolina legislature approved a budget allocating more money for a new school voucher program in late July, it answered one mom’s prayer. Waiting for the initial school choice law to pass last year was a nailbiter, said Kena Cooper, and waiting to see whether her son Keenan—one of 4,200 qualified applicants in a lottery for about 2,400 seats—received a scholarship was “nerve-wracking.” She wasn’t done praying when he was awarded his scholarship. “I was like, ‘God, I thank...

Schools Finding Problems with Longer School Years, Extended Class Time

As most kids headed back to school this August, they found others had never left. More children are in school year-round, or before- and after-hours, or get shorter summer breaks. Forty-nine states include extended learning time in their education laws, according to the National Council of State Legislatures. Typically, these are after-school, extra tutoring, or otherwise remedial programs for students who are behind their peers. In 2013, 33 states considered bills related to extended learning...

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