Forty local school boards sign on as plaintiffs challenging school voucher law

In a matter of days, the number of local school boards that has signed on to be plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the new school voucher legislation has jumped from 16 to 40.

Filed by the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA), the lawsuit calls into question the constitutionality of providing families with $4,200 annual taxpayer-funded scholarships to use at private schools.

The 40 school boards (out of a total of 115 in the state) that have voted to challenge school vouchers are as follows:

Alamance County
Asheboro City
Catawba County
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City
Chatham County
Cleveland County
Columbus County
Craven County
Currituck County
Davidson County
Durham County
Gates County
Graham County
Halifax County
Harnett County
Hyde County
Lee County
Lenoir County
Lexington City
Macon County
Martin County
Mount Airy City
Onslow County
Orange County
Pamlico County
Person County
Pitt County
Polk County
Rockingham County
Rutherford County
Scotland County
Stanly County
Surry County
Vance County
Warren County
Washington County
Whiteville City
Yancey County


  1. […] Update 1/16/14: Lindsay Wagner at NC Policy Watch reports that 40 local school boards have now joined the lawsuit. Read the full list here. […]

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    January 17, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Just go ahead and sign em all up. Heaven forbid you come for their money, but when they are coming for yours then it is all a-ok.

  3. Phil

    January 17, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Vouchers is a social program sponsored by Republicans. Go figure. Everyone pays but few qualify. Why not allow vouchers for ALL?
    They can’t afford it. Democrats, if u had any sense you would demand EVERYONE qualifies!!! Thus, this would have ENDED vouchers!! :). Wrong Approach By both Crypts & Bloods

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    January 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Looking at the list one more time. It is interesting that most of the counties listed are the ones that will likely be less affected by vouchers in the first place. All these rural, low population school districts are unlikely to have more than one small charter school in the first place unless they are right next to the prime areas of the triangle, triad, or mecklenberg areas. They are probably going to waste more money on the lawsuit than it would cost them in vouchers. I guess power is more important to them than educating the children though.

  5. sickofthebsinnc

    January 19, 2014 at 11:22 am


    A lawsuit will not be a waste of money. There needs to be a precedent set now to protect public education. And what a ridiculous thing to say that the power is more important to them than educating the children…your sarcasm is not only ignorant, it is arrogant and alarming.

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    January 21, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Public education is being well protected. Even with vouchers only about half of the money follows the student. That is actually a boon for the government schools as they do not have to expand buildings, hire teachers, hire (very highly paid) administrators, or pay all the other costs that go with that student. No….the real beef the schools have is that you are taking a little bit of power away from them, although the dollars hurt too because as we know if they were given every dollar that passes through this state…they would still want one more.

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