School voucher history, research and state legislative activity

But what led proponents in the General Assembly to take a gamble on the idea of vouchers was not data-driven evidence of the program’s effectiveness elsewhere—it was something else, said former lawmaker Charles Jeter, who now works as a lobbyist for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

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“At the time the legislation was passed, there were little data on the effectiveness of these programs and many legislators were encouraged by the anecdotal evidence that was available,” said Jeter, who voted in favor of vouchers while he was still in the General Assembly.

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Lawmakers supporting improved accountability and transparency for the school voucher program are running out of time. The last day for a bill to be heard in committee — and survive past that deadline — is Thursday, April 27.

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