Fitzsimon File

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500—estimated number of home schools in North Carolina in 1979 (“Where’s the accountability?” NC Policy Watch, October 9, 2013)

57,000—estimated number of home schools in North Carolina today (Ibid)

250—estimated number of private schools in North Carolina in 1979 (Ibid)

700—estimated number of private schools in North Carolina today on approved list to participate in voucher scheme for the 2014-2015 school year in legislation approved by the General Assembly this summer (Ibid)

1—number of staff people in the state Division of Non-Public Schools responsible for inspecting private schools to see if they comply with minimal state regulations (Ibid)

3—number of years that staff member of state Division of Non-Public Schools says it takes him to visit every private school currently eligible for voucher program (Ibid)

230—number of schools the one staff member would have visit each year to be able to visit all the schools within a three-year period (Ibid)

22—number of years since staff members of the state Division of Non-Public Schools have visited any home schools in North Carolina (“Director of Non-Public Education to conduct home school site visits for first time in 22 years, Progressive Pulse, October 7, 2013)

5—number of home schools the state Division of Non-Public Schools plans to visit this year (Ibid)

0—number of the home schools the state Division of Non-Public Schools plans to visit this year without sending the school a letter in advance announcing the visit (Ibid)

7—number of students at Paramount Christian Academy in Thomasville, a school that will be eligible for taxpayer funding in 2014 under voucher scheme approved by the General Assembly this summer (“Where’s the accountability?” NC Policy Watch, October 9, 2013)

1—total number of teachers and staff members of Paramount Christian Academy in Thomasville (Ibid)

6—number of years since the publication of science textbook currently used in some private schools in North Carolina eligible to receive taxpayer dollars in 2014 that says “dinosaurs and humans were definitely on the earth at the same time and may have even lived side by side within the past few thousand years” (“School Vouchers: A Pathway toward Fraud and Abuse of Taxpayer Dollars, N.C. Policy Watch, April 24, 2013)

23—number of years the Milwaukee school voucher scheme has been in operation (“Public Money for Private Schools: Vouchers and Neovouchers,” N.C. Justice Center Education and Law Project, April 24, 2013)

41—percentage of students participating in Milwaukee’s voucher program proficient in math (Ibid)

50—percentage of students in Milwaukee’s traditional public schools proficient in math (Ibid)

57—percentage of students participating in Milwaukee’s voucher program proficient in reading (Ibid)

60—percentage of students in Milwaukee’s traditional public schools proficient in reading (Ibid)

3,990—amount in dollars of the average voucher provided to students in proposal from Rep. Paul Stam according to fiscal research staff of General Assembly (N.C. General Assembly Fiscal Research Division)

19,105—amount in dollars of annual tuition for students in grades 1-4 at Charlotte Country Day School (charlottecountryday.org)

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