NC Supreme Court upholds public money for private tuition

The N.C. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state can continue awarding publicly funded vouchers to send low-income students to private schools.

The ruling overturned constitutional challenges to the Opportunity Scholarship program filed by the North Carolina Association of Educators and the North Carolina School Boards Association. Several local school boards also joined the challenge.

The scholarships pay up to $4,200 a year for children whose families meet income guidelines to switch from public to private schools.

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, a pro-voucher group, celebrated the ruling.

“We are thankful to the Justices of the North Carolina State Supreme Court for believing that any program which helps ensure all children have access to a sound, basic education is serving a public purpose,” President Darrell Allison said in a public statement. “We applaud them for recognizing that education is ultimately a personal right belonging to our citizens, not a governmental agency or system.”

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