Grants to attend NC private schools filed in House

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Backers of a bill to give taxpayer dollars to parents of North Carolina children to attend private schools say the measure will ensure more families have access to a sound education in keeping with the state constitution.

Two Democrats and two Republicans are sponsors of a measure filed Monday that would create "opportunity scholarship grants" of up to $4,200 per year for students whose families earn of up to three times the federal poverty level. The bill sets aside $90 million over two years for the program.

Democratic sponsor Rep. Marcus Brandon of Greensboro says the measure will expand choices for low-income students. The legislature in 2011 lifted a cap on the number of charter schools and created a tax for parents of special-needs children in private schools.

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Would it be possible for you, when you mention a bill has been introduced in the NC Assembly, that you give us the bill number?

Then we could go look it up and get detail. Certainly when your staff pick up the news piece, the bill number must be readily available. Now we have no easy way to get detail. And some of us want it.

Giving my money to private schools is absolutely absurd and not what my taxes are supposed to be for. I hope all people realize that this is a scheme to help some parents with very particular viewpoints, religions or prejudice to put their kids in private schools. All money needs to be used for public schools; to improve them and teach kids how to think analytically, critically and to learn how to write, speak and learn the obvious subject matter of history, science and math, etc.