On November 2, 2010, the Republican party gained control of the North Carolina General Assembly for the first time since 1898… 112 years! I’ve had the opportunity to get to know a number of the people that will be representing us in this new General Assembly and am hopeful that NC will turn back towards freedom and prosperity. Clearly, the number one priority of this new General Assembly will be to rein in the spending of state government and address the growing budget deficit. Aside from this first priority, there are a number of priorities that I would like to encourage the next General Assembly to consider:
- Election reform
- Tax reform
- Regulatory reform
- Education reform
- Secure our Rights
- Remove Charter School cap
- The best way to improve public education is to create competition in the public school system. Charter schools, which are private schools that operate as public schools, have been shown to perform better than most public schools and at the same time, the added competition improves public schools. NC has a cap of 100 charter schools in the state, which averages to one charter school per county in NC. NC should encourage more charter schools in the state in order to generate more educational competition.
The new General Assembly should immediately eliminate the existing cap for the number of charter schools allowed in NC.
- Education Vouchers
Another sure way to generate competition in the public schools and to improve education is to provide every school age child with a voucher that is equivalent to the amount of money that the state spends to educate each child. That voucher could then be used by the parent to “pay” for that child’s education in any school that the parent chooses, public or private. Vouchers with minimal regulations would encourage many more private schools to be built which would create more educational competition
The new General Assembly should provided every school age child with a voucher that is equivalent to the amount of money that NC spends to educate each child that can be used to “pay” for the child’s education in any public or private school that the parent chooses.