Yesterday state NAACP President Rev. William Barber compared North Carolina’s school voucher program, which would funnel taxpayer dollars out of the state’s public schools and into private ones, with the state’s past efforts to avoid court-mandated desegregation of its public schools.
State NAACP President Rev. William Barber called the voucher plan “old wine wrapped in a new wineskin,” saying it smacked of 1970s-style efforts in North Carolina to evade court orders calling for the desegregation of public schools in the state.
“You cannot look at this issue in a vacuum, and you cannot dismiss the racialized components of what (Gov. Pat) McCrory and (House Speaker Thom) Tillis and (Senate President Pro Tem Phil) Berger and extremists are doing,” Barber said during a news conference. “To take public money to engage in this kind of voucher scheme is wrong.”
Last week, a superior court judge temporarily halted the school voucher program while the merits of two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the program are decided. To read more about the judge’s decision, click here and here.