North Carolina Schools Plan a Return to Jim Crow?

April 18, 2011  |  

(Charlotte Observer) — RALEIGH North Carolina’s public schools may be in for a seismic shift, and not just from the unsettling impact of another year of budget cuts.  Republican lawmakers who control the legislature aim to remake the education landscape with a free-market model that offers families more options, while gradually lessening the dominance of traditional public schools. Their approach leans more to the private sector and beckons entrepreneurs to the state to start new schools.  GOP lawmakers want far more charter schools, which receive public money, but have more flexibility.  And they’d like to see more families send their children to private and parochial schools with the help of state tax credits that offset the cost. The state could save money if more students attend private schools, they argue, and competition would be healthy for everyone.

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