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Court of Appeals denies request to block stay of school voucher program

Posted By Sharon McCloskey On April 2, 2014 @ 4:37 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

The state Court of Appeals today denied the request by parents who intervened in the school voucher case [1] to delay a stay of the program entered [2] by Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood in February — a request which, if granted, would have effectively allowed that program to move forward while the court considered any such appeal.

Cynthia Perry and Gennell Curry, parents who support the state’s newly-enacted school voucher program, joined the lawsuit challenging its constitutionality with Hobgood’s permission, granted shortly before he halted the program pending a hearing on its merits.

The state did not appeal Hobgood’s preliminary ruling, but Perry and Curry did, contending that their right to “direct the education of their children” would be harmed by the court’s delaying implementation of the voucher program, which state officials had already moved forward with despite the  lawsuits.  At least some of the $400,000 budgeted for administration of the program had already been spent, and more than 4,000 applications for vouchers received.

With the Court of Appeal’s order, here [3], the school voucher program remains suspended pending further court action.


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URLs in this post:

[1] school voucher case: http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2014/02/19/will-vouchers-pass-the-test/

[2] entered: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/02/21/breaking-court-halts-north-carolina-school-voucher-plan/

[3] here: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Voucher-appeal-stay-order.pdf

[4] Breaking: Supreme Court allows voucher program to move forward : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/05/14/breaking-supreme-court-allows-voucher-program-to-move-forward/

[5] Walton family spends big on school vouchers in North Carolina : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/04/03/walton-family-spends-big-on-school-vouchers-in-north-carolina/

[6] Court of Appeals temporarily stops release of unemployment appeal notices : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/06/13/court-of-appeals-temporarily-stops-release-of-unemployment-appeal-notices/

[7] Court of Appeals sends death penalty protocol back to trial court : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/03/18/court-of-appeals-sends-death-penalty-protocol-back-to-trial-court/

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