The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

Advancing Milton and Rose D. Friedman's Vision of School Choice for All Children

School Choice in North Carolina


North Carolina has two private school choice programs (vouchers). The state does have a charter school law. North Carolina enables public virtual schooling. The state does not allow open enrollment (intradistrict and interdistrict public school choice).

Laws and Regulations Governing Private Schools


Both tax credits and vouchers are school choice options for North Carolina. The North Carolina Constitution does not have a Blaine Amendment or a Compelled Support Clause and state cases look to federal Establishment Clause precedent. In Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld school choice programs under the federal Constitution.

To avoid any potential problems with Article IX, sections 6 and 7 of the North Carolina Constitution, voucher program funding should explicitly come from sources other than the state’s public school fund.

–Quote from the Institute for Justice (April 2007)

School Choice Programs

Opportunity Scholarships

Enacted 2013 • Launches 2014

In the 2014-15 school year, North Carolina will award vouchers statewide to students whose families meet certain income requirements. Read More

Special Education Scholarship Grants for Children with Disabilities

Enacted 2013 • Launches 2014

North Carolina allows students with special needs to receive vouchers to attend private schools. Read More


The School Starter Checklist: Meeting the Private Education Regulations in States with School Choice


Entrepreneurs looking to start a private school might behoove themselves by focusing on states with private school choice programs. This checklist assists by examining the regulations affecting private schools in states with such programs.   This... Read More

North Carolina K-12 and School Choice Survey


The “North Carolina K-12 & School Choice Survey” project, commissioned by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and conducted by Braun Research, Inc. (BRI), measures North Carolina registered voters’ familiarity and views... Read More

The High Cost of Low Graduation Rates in North Carolina


This study examines the public costs of North Carolina's high dropout rate, and calculates the reduction in costs that would follow from raising public school graduation rates through a modest school choice program. It finds that each dropout costs the... Read More



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8/19/2013 Washington Times | Five cheers for choice
8/15/2013 Sharing your story in “The ABCs” can be as easy as one, two, three
8/6/2013 Stateline | Tax Dollars for Private School Tuition Gain in States
7/28/2013 North Carolina governor approves school vouchers
4/30/2013 News & Observer | School Choice, Vouchers Popular
1/23/2013 Enlow | School Choice: 49 Million Students Still Without Options
1/21/2013 Atlanta Journal Constitution | National School Choice Week: 49 Million Students Still Without Options
10/24/2012 Locker Room | Public School Employment Far Outpacing K-12 Student Enrollment
10/12/2012 | Can Education Savings Accounts Level The Playing Field For All American Students?
9/18/2012 Enlow | Families Want School Choice; N.C. Should Give it to Them
9/17/2012 WGHP (Fox 8) | Charter Schools Approved by NC Voters
9/13/2012 New Poll Shows North Carolina Voters Favor School Choice Policies
9/11/2012 Last Resistance | Survey and Parents Say Public Schools Failing
9/10/2012 North Carolina Voters Say Public Education Underperforming, On Wrong Track
7/27/2012 Winston-Salem Journal | Honoring Milton Friedman
11/3/2011 Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Georgia Can Return to Leading Role in Giving Students Choices
9/30/2011 2011’s New School Choice Programs
7/30/2011 Enlow | Friedman's Dream Unleashed
7/28/2011 Enlow | Is 2011 Milton Friedman's Year of School Choice?
7/18/2011 WORLD | School Choice Gains Support
7/5/2011 Wall Street Journal | The Year of School Choice
6/30/2011 North Carolina Becomes 12th U.S. State to Enact School Choice in 2011
6/28/2011 Presidents Comments
6/16/2011 A School Choice First in North Carolina
2/28/2011 Why 2011 will be a Year of Growth for School Choice
6/4/2008 Night high school helps students who've fallen behind
2/8/2008 Dropout rate, suspensions on rise in N.C.
10/25/2007 New Study Reveals Growing Dropout Problem in North Carolina
10/23/2007 Kannapolis Native Heads Parents for Educational Freedom in NC