School voucher challenge neatly summarized in one paragraph and one five-minute video

Be sure to check out Sharon McCloskey’s excellent story over on the main Policy Watch site this morning summarizing yesterday’s state Supreme Court argument in the school voucher case. You’ll get the history, the basics of the arguments and a blow by blow of yesterday’s proceedings.

If you want to grasp what is perhaps the essence of the plaintiff’s challenge, however, check out the following excerpt that Sharon quoted from the argument of the lead counsel for the plaintiffs, Raleigh civil rights attorney Burton Craige:

“North Carolina’s voucher program is unique. No other voucher program in the country allows the receipts of vouchers by private schools that can be unaccredited; employ unlicensed uncertified teachers — including teachers who don’t even have a high school diploma; employ teachers and staff without performing a criminal background check; teach no science or history; teach only the recitation of religious texts; and discriminate against students with disabilities. In the absence of standards, North Carolina stands in a class of its own.”

And here is a five minute excerpt from Craige’s argument:


  1. Betty McGuire

    February 26, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    The sound does not work when I play Burton Craige’s video. Is there a written transcript of what he said? I would love to read it.


  2. Rob Schofield

    February 26, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Hmmm. Not sure — works for me. Try going to YouTube:

  3. asdf

    March 9, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Everybody knows public schools are a MASSIVE front for unions. And everybody knows that a private schools are typically better than public schools. This is due to competition because they will literally work to get your money and compete for your money in the case of private schools and the best school will usually win the day. But that doesn’t happen in public schools. So that is a major reason public schools are bad. Along with the fact that even if a teacher is terrible at his or her job, they are still aloud to teach because of the unions that put money over students. Which only serves to further kill education. Voucher’s are the way to go my friend. Now keep your grubby liberal hands off my fuckin kids.

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