Judge Robert Hobgood has ruled the state's school voucher program unconstitutional. Allowing public funds to go toward private and religious schools, he reasoned, is unconstitutional under North Carolina law. The lawsuit to block the vouchers was brought by 71 of North Carolina's school districts.
Under the program:
- low-income families whose children are enrolled in public schools would receive up to $4.2k annually (known as “Opportunity Scholarships”) to send their children to a private school; and,
- 5.5k applications seeking vouchers for their children were filed for the $10 millionM available for 2.4k student spots.
With Judge Hobgood’s ruling, the program will not be implemented.
According to the News and Observer as well as WRAL News, that’s very sad news for the 1.8k+ students who had already accepted their Opportunity Scholarships for this school year and were looking forward to getting out of the schools designed to leave them behind.
The good news for low-income students in North Carolina--whose parents have been stripped of their divine right to educate their children as they see fit and who themselves have been made "wards" of the public school monopoly--is that the state intends to appeal the decision.
Let the discussion begin…
To read the News and Observer article, click on the following link:
"NC to appeal ruling banning taxpayer money for private schools."
To access the WRAL News report, click on the following link:
"Judge rules NC school voucher program unconstitutional."