NCAE, NC Justice Center file lawsuit challenging school voucher law

The North Carolina Association of Educators along with the North Carolina Justice Center announced today that they have filed a lawsuit on behalf of 25 plaintiffs challenging the recently enacted school voucher law.voucher photo

The lawsuit, filed this morning in Wake County Superior Court, asserts that school vouchers, formally known as the Opportunity Scholarship program, are a clear violation of the of the state’s constitutional mandate that public funds be used exclusively for establishing and maintaining a uniform system of free public schools.

“Vouchers are bad public policy,”said plaintiff Mike Ward, former North Carolina Superintendent for Public Instruction. “They tear away millions of dollars that are badly needed in the public schools.”

Alice Hart, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit and a former teacher and principal, despaired when she first heard of the school voucher law. She explained that peeling off money from public schools, particularly when they are already underfunded, is absolutely wrong.

The General Assembly passed a budget bill last summer that included $10 million to fund the first year of the school voucher program, which is set to begin with the 2014-15 school year. Families whose students are currently in the public school system and meet certain income eligibility requirements will be able to receive up to $4,200 annually in taxpayer funds for use at private schools.

Applications for school vouchers will be accepted beginning February 1. One of the lead attorneys filing the suit, Burton Craige, said an injunction has been filed to stop the voucher program before it begins.

10 Comments

  1. ML

    December 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Now we see art pope told the homophobic school in Wilmington to declare they would not accept the vouchers. It will certainly give newby some wiggle room…

  2. ML

    December 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Now we see why* art…

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    December 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Man…money down the toilet to a losing cause…..when you could hire more commentators like Alan and(?) ML Fitz is playing loose with the liberal money!

  4. ML

    December 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Wouldn’t more commentators cost more money? If money is your only bottom line then I think that would run contrary to your bottom line but I guess that’s what passes for conservative troll logic.

  5. GOP Rules

    December 12, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Looks like LSD was meaning that the commenters provide more value…..which in the case of ML/Alan/esmay/RJ that can be hotly debated if the watch is getting their money’s worth.

  6. ML

    December 12, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Thanks for the compliment but I the guys and gals at policy watch are doing fine without me.

  7. Alan

    December 12, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Let’s call a school voucher what it really is, a government hand-out. It has nothing to do with “opportunity”, it’s simply a method of subsidizing those who make a personal decision not to send their kids to public schools. That’s their right, and I certainly don’t object to anyone choosing to do that, I just don’t want to be subsidizing their personal choice. The very same folks who foam at the mouth about people on food stamps, seem to have absolutely no issue in taxpayers money being used to fund private education, at everyone else’s expense.

    Now, this is the point the trolls will feel an OCD desire to jump in and tell us that the NCGA actually increased funding for public education (haven’t heard their 4.8% increase of whatever it was for a while, they must have got tired of hearing their own BS…), not to mention the “fact” that diverting public money to private education actually helps public education, because the cuts aren’t real, it’s just the liberal media are out to get them, not to mention the 100+ years of Democrat(ic) damage done to the state, and it’s all the previous admins fault, and they’re only corrupt because the Democrats are corrupt….yawn……..

  8. GOP Rules

    December 13, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Alan/ML,
    You are on the right track. What needs to be done is decrease the handouts to all schools. That is a good perspective that needs to take more posting time on this site vs. the throw money down the black hole of government schools.

  9. GOP Rules

    December 13, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Another thing we need to look at is all this Pre-K money we throw out there. That is money subsidizing choice. NC also sends a lot of money to private colleges…that needs to be looked at too. Or, it this a selective political ploy by Fitz and the NCAE….the magic 8-ball says YES!!!

    And Alan/ML, it is true that there was a 4.8% increase. Just look back at past posts, you can go to the links in the comments…it is not that hard to “re-discover” but it seems you do remember that massive increase above inflation, so it is good you are up on the positive things the NCGA is doing.

  10. Alan

    December 13, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    GOP Rules,

    Yes, I have been following this topic, and yes, the 4.8% “increase” remains what I said it was, complete BS.