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The state has partially funded the school voucher program in NC to allow students and parents to choose the schools that are best for them. School vouchers provide $4,200 for low-income students to use to attend private schools they could not afford without the voucher. Opponents argue that this unconstitutional and takes money from public schools. A judge has halted the voucher program and the legality of the program will be decided in the courts.
The injunction that halted the voucher program has been overturned by the NC Supreme Court. Now, the General Assembly is moving to add $8 to $10 million to the voucher program. The vouchers provide opportunities for low-income students to attend private or religious schools of their choice. Groups opposing using public funds for private education will appeal, but it is likely to be upheld as constitutional.
Believing that public education is failing, proponents of school choice encourage the General Assembly to provide more options for parents, like charter schools, vouchers, tax credits and tuition grants.