To no one’s surprise Gov. Pat McCrory today signed the flawed budget passed by the General Assembly a few weeks ago. McCrory signed the bill at a public elementary school in Monroe to highlight the salary increases for teachers in the spending plan.
But the budget also includes a massive increase in funding for the school voucher scheme that directs taxpayer money away from public schools like the one McCrory visited today to almost completely unaccountable private schools and religious academies, many of which openly discriminate against LGBT students and teach bizarre theories as science including the claim that humans and dinosaurs co-existed on earth.
As NC Policy Watch’s Billy Ball reported last month, the budget spends $34.8 million more dollars on the voucher scheme this year and increases the funding every year until it reaches $134.8 million in 2026-2027.
That’s an awful lot of of public money for unaccountable private schools to teach students things that aren’t true.