Advocates Ask NC Supreme Court To Release School Voucher Funds

Aug 27, 2014

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Supporters of private school vouchers are trying to put the state’s program back on course. Attorneys are asking the North Carolina Supreme Court to overturn a recent ruling that halts the program.

A superior court judge ruled last week that using taxpayer dollars to help send children to private schools is unconstitutional.

But critics say the program gives low-income families school choice and that freezing the funds has put hundreds of families in limbo.

“I can't tell you the amount of calls, the amount of emails, the concern, the frustration and the tears that we've seen and heard from families across the state,” said Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom.

Critics of the program argue that it funnels million of dollars into unaccountable private and religious schools. They contend that the money should go toward cash-strapped public schools instead.