North Carolina high court OKs school choice program

Jul 28, 2015 by

By Evan Wilt –

The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled 4-3 last week in favor of taxpayer-funded scholarships for low-income students to attend private schools.

“Most Americans have school choice, but it is only available if you have money,” said Renée Flaherty, an Institute for Justice attorney who advocated in favor of the grants, known as opportunity scholarships.

The ruling allows for 2,400 low-income students from kindergarten through 12th grade to receive up to $4,200 toward a private school education.

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The program derailed in August 2014, when North Carolina Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood declared it unconstitutional.

“Appropriating taxpayer funds to unaccountable schools does not accomplish a public purpose,” he wrote.



Source: WORLD | North Carolina high court OKs school choice program | Evan Wilt | July 28, 2015

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