Rev. Beverly focuses on why risky vouchers schemes violate the North Carolina constitution:
Article IX, Section 6 of the North Carolina constitution declares that public funds for education “shall be faithfully appropriated and used exclusively for establishing and maintaining a uniform system of free public schools.”
The language could not be clearer: Under our constitution, funds that must be used “exclusively” for the public schools cannot be used to issue private school vouchers.
That’s not all. The constitution requires that taxpayer funds must be spent “for public purposes only.”
Arbuckle’s piece highlights the very real human consequences of this ill-advised program:
Vouchers have horrible consequences, including misuse of public funds, violating separation of church and state and compromising children’s educational outcomes in unaccountable schools. This is a bad idea, wrong in its concept and implementation. The consequences for our public education system will be dire.
Both are well worth your time in advance of tomorrow’s hearing at the North Carolina Supreme Court.