Monday numbers

Monday numbers

- in Fitzsimon File

2,500—amount in dollars of tax credit for families who home school their children or send them to a private school in legislation introduced by House Majority Paul Stam (House Bill 41, North Carolina General Assembly)

18,270—annual tuition for students in grades 1-4 at Charlotte Country Day School (charlottecountryday.org)

0—impact of voucher program in Washington D.C. on students’ academic performance according to two studies in 2007 and 2008 from the U.S Department of Department of Education under President George W. Bush (School Vouchers, Campaign for America’s Future)

8—length, in years, of study of Milwaukee’s school voucher program that found that vouchers did not raise overall academic performance and failed to raise public school achievement through competition, as many conservatives had claimed they would. (School Vouchers, Campaign for America’s Future, and Vouchers and Public School Performance: A Case Study of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, October 2, 2007)

10—years since official with the-conservative American Legislative Exchange Council admitted that the end goal of private school tax credit is the same as a voucher (“State Legislators Endorse School Tax Credits,” CNSNews.com, August 3, 2001)

11—-days since House Majority Leader Paul Stam told an audience never to use the term school vouchers because “vouchers don’t poll very well” (The fight for the survival of public schools, N.C. Policy Watch, February 1, 2011)

57—percent of North Carolinians who do not support using school vouchers to help parents pay for their children to attend private or religious schools instead of public schools. (Elon University Poll, November 22, 2010)

39—percent of North Carolinians who support using school vouchers to help parents pay for their children to attend private or religious schools instead of public schools. (Elon University Poll, November 22, 2010)

54.7—percent of North Carolinians who believe that school vouchers will take money out of the public system, thus weakening the public school system (Ibid)

37.4—percent of North Carolinians who believe that School vouchers will encourage competition among schools, thus strengthening the public school system (Ibid)

2—number of staff in North Carolina of “Tea for Education,” a school privatization advocacy group funded by the Wyoming-based Coalition for Education Freedom (Friday Report, February 4, 2011, The Public School Forum of North Carolina)