Letter writer: Opportunity scholarships offer school choice

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Regardless of our views on election 2016, we can surely agree on this: All children deserve a quality education. But we must do more to make sure they get it. For more and more families, this goal is already becoming reality through the Opportunity Scholarship Program. This state-funded scholarship has given my own children a chance to attend Azalea Mountain School.

Before enrolling at Azalea Mountain School, my oldest son struggled at his public school. He needed individualized instruction, but his school was unable to provide it. The school culture was not inclusive, and he did not feel accepted by his teachers or peers.

Now, he loves his new school. He has grown academically and socially. My youngest son, a kindergartner, is just beginning his academic journey, but I feel confident that he is on a path to success. Both boys feel challenged by their schoolwork and supported by their teachers. They love learning.

We are where we are because of opportunity. Without the Opportunity Scholarship, my children would not be able to attend Azalea Mountain School. There are many other families like mine across the state. I want them to know about this program that I learned about through Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina. I want to tell these families that the Opportunity Scholarship can change their children’s lives for the better. My family is proof of that.

— Perrie Ramey
Asheville

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4 thoughts on “Letter writer: Opportunity scholarships offer school choice

  1. Lulz

    LOL, until the left wing kooks and loons are pushed out of the education system, don’t expect much change unless you realize it’s going to get much worse before it gets better. All this talk of funding is squarely to gather left wing loon votes by teachers, Nothing more and nothing less. Job security for them is assured no matter how worthless at actually doing it they are. All one has to do is read articles by newly hired teachers complaining about their pay. If so then why even take the job in the first place?

    As of right now, I pay over 60% of my income in combined taxes. Listening to worthless government employees complain about their pay is about stale. Go starve like I do. And shut up.

    • boatrocker

      Over 60% in taxes eh? Even if that were true (ahem), you’re obviously in the wrong job market and deserve to starve. Enjoy those ramen noodles.

      And have fun demonizing education. I’m sure you’d love those Texas style textbooks that deny evolution, tout creationism, refer to the Civil War as the War of Northern Aggression, abstinence only sex ed, etc. You know, real facts.

  2. This is taxation without representation, because childless taxpayers aren’t represented on the board of Azalia Mountain or other charter schools; and it’s childless taxpayers, not parents, who by example know how to teach contraception.

  3. This is taxation without representation, because childless taxpayers aren’t represented on the board of Azalia Mountain or other charter schools; and it’s childless taxpayers, not parents, who by example know how to teach contraception.

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