- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A longtime North Carolina school choice advocate is joining the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.

The Senate voted unanimously Thursday for Darrell Allison to serve out the final two years of the term held previously by John Fennebresque, who stepped down while chairman in late 2015. The Senate and House elect the board’s voting members, with each chamber selecting half of them.

Allison is the founding president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, which has lobbied successfully at expanding the number of charter schools and creating a program in which taxpayer-funded scholarships are used for families to send their children to private or religious schools.

Allison graduated from North Carolina Central University and the UNC-Chapel Hill law school.

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