Since our founding on July 5, 2005, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina has been at the forefront of state efforts to enact policies and programs supporting parental school choice. Our work is based on a simple but fundamental belief: Parents should be empowered to send their children to the school of their choice, regardless of their income or zip code.
Since 2011, no other state has implemented more parental school choice programs than North Carolina!
- In 2011, North Carolina lifted the statewide cap on public charter schools (then set at 100). Since that time, North Carolina has seen nearly 75% growth in public charter schools. Currently, 173 public charter schools operate in 61 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.
- North Carolina has established three private school choice programs: the Children with Disabilities Scholarship Grant (est. 2011), the Opportunity Scholarship Program (est. 2013), and the Special Needs Education Savings Account (est. 2017). In total, over 12,000 students will enter the upcoming 2018-2019 school year with a state-sponsored private school scholarship in hand.