Follow the money: a primer on how outside $$$ have paved the way for vouchers & charters in NC

voucher-chartMillions of private dollars have made their way to North Carolina in an effort to encourage lawmakers to push a school privatization agenda.

Those funds have resulted in the removal of the cap on charter schools and a new voucher program that takes money away from the public school system in order to fund unregulated and unaccountable private education in the name of school choice.

To connect the dots between the national players in school privatization efforts and local lawmakers that have pushed for the expansion of charters and vouchers, the Institute for Southern Studies (ISS) published an essay and infographic Friday that details how Reps. Stam, Yarborough, Jones and others have benefited from the privatizers’ offerings and the resulting legislation they are seeking to enact.

According to ISS (as well as information I’ve previously reported), Parents for Educational Freedom in NC (PEFNC), headed by Darrell Allison, is the key facilitator behind the school privatization movement. Between PEFNC and political action committees (PACs) closely aligned with Allison, nearly $1.5 million has been funneled through these organizations to local lawmakers, originating  from the Walton Family Foundation and the American Federation for Children — both organizations well known for promoting school privatization initiatives.

Click here to read the full report by ISS.



  1. LayintheSmakDown

    April 17, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Nice chart lindsay….so are you guys going to screech anymore now that you are participating in “mapping the right”?
    A good aside to this, it lets some know who to donate to so we can get more private dollars involved. Thanks for bringing it up, we need more private citizens speaking up to be heard this way.

  2. Pertains!

    April 18, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    My child attended a private school until 6 th grade. We had to make choices of what we were willing to do without in order for us to be able to afford this type of school.
    I resent my tax dollars paying for so called charter schools and to possibly give money to those who choose to stay home and homeschool really makes why I owed more taxes this year even clearer.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    April 19, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Pertains….as if you are the only one paying tax money. The people receiving what I assume you mean are vouchers are actually receiving back tax money that is not spent on their child, so that they can have an education elsewhere, and not even in the full amount of that child. If anything the schools are coming out ahead as they do not have to educate the child or spend money for that child so it is going to another child’s education…or more likely just one more administrator.

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