John Hood is citing school choice as "the single-biggest result of conservative electoral gains in 2009 and 2010."
Most of the focus of Hood's column last week in the conservative Carolina Journal focuses on the lifting the state's charter school cap and allowing tax credits for special-needs kids who attend private schools.
But Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation, also cites school choice efforts in several school districts, including Wake County.
"In 2009, the voters of Wake County, the state’s largest school district, voted in a new conservative majority on their school board," Hood writes. "Its members immediately began work on a school-choice plan to replace Wake County’s unpopular forced-busing policy.
After a false start and the employment of a new superintendent, Tony Tata, the school board resumed work on the plan early this year. Now it appears that the passage of a school-choice plan for Wake County is imminent."
Hood argues that greater school choice at the state and local levels will result in "higher levels of satisfaction among students, parents, and educators; a more efficient utilization of tax dollars; and better academic performance."