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Editorials blast voucher ruling

Last week’s ruling that North Carolina tax dollars may be used to support private schools with literally no standards of accountability at all has generated some scathing editorials from the state’s major newspapers. Here are a few excerpts:

From Raleigh’s News & Observer:

“It is distressing on its face, this idea that public money can go toward the expenses of private schooling. It crosses the divide between public and private, between church and state, between common sense and partisan ideology.

And yet, in a ruling with a clear partisan flavor, the North Carolina Supreme Court, having snatched the confrontation over a school voucher program out of the hands of the N.C. Court of Appeals where it should properly have gone, has upheld the Republican legislature’s voucher program. This is a devastating ruling for the future of public education.”

From the Greensboro News & Record:

“In 1997, the N.C. Supreme Court unanimously delivered its landmark Leandro ruling that declared the state has an obligation to offer every child a “sound, basic education.”

In a 4-3 decision Thursday, the court regrettably took a big step back from that principle, finding that the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program is constitutional.”

From the Fayetteville Observer (after noting that it does not oppose vouchers):

“That said, we do have a deep concern about the lack of accountability in the voucher program, an issue raised in Justice Robin Hudson’s dissent. ‘The main constitutional flaw in this program,’ she wrote, ‘is that it provides no framework at all for evaluating any of the participating schools’ contribution to public purposes; such a huge omission is a constitutional black hole into which the entire program should disappear.’

The investment of tax dollars must be accompanied by accountability. The General Assembly needs to remedy that problem. If it does, we expect the voucher program to improve the lot of some students who otherwise might fall into the cracks and never see success.”

Stay tuned. There will be lots more like this to come.

3 Comments


  1. Steve Harrison

    July 27, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    You missed this one, although the author is a little too full of himself for my likings: http://www.bluenc.com/content/chief-justice-martins-avoidance-term-exclusively

  2. Rob Schofield

    July 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    That’s a good one!

  3. Charles Hogan

    August 1, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    So this new Ruling would mean that a Muslim mosque may use North Carolina Educational dollars to set up religious schools to teach Islamic law. Or for that matter the first church or Satan LOL.
    The lack of forethought on the part of the Republican Party in North Carolina is simply astounding . they assume that America is not diverse in its nature.

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