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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Advocacy groups representing parents and public education are suing North Carolina officials after the General Assembly passed a law this year allowing taxpayer money to help pay private school tuition.

The North Carolina Association of Educators and the North Carolina Justice Center filed their lawsuit Wednesday in Wake County, saying the new law violates the state constitution’s requirement that public money go exclusively to free, public schools.

The state’s top two lawmakers said in response that more than a dozen other states have similar, successful programs.

The law will allow low-income students to take $4,200 a year in taxpayer money to pay for private school tuition beginning in 2014. Lawmakers say they want to expand the program beyond the $10 million budgeted in the first year.

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  • mad

    Glad they are fighting it. Don’t want my tax money going to gay-bashing Myrtle Grove type schools. I should not have to fund a parent’s CHOICE to send their child to a religious school.

  • Tabitha

    I as a tax payer also would rather not send my child to a public institute that promotes Christ hated theology and government as your God and daddy!

  • Elizabeth

    Private schools should not receive PUBLIC MONEY period, end of sentence. Why? They cherry pick. Meaning little Johnnie with a learning disability, one that would actually benefit from the smaller more intensive one-on-one learning, is not allowed the benefits of a private school education. Public schools have to take everyone, which is why public funds need to stay public.

  • Vog46

    “The North Carolina Association of Educators and the North Carolina Justice Center filed their lawsuit…….” and this week they were joined by the NC Association of school boards in that suit. This group is a trade association affiliated with elected school boards.

    Something tells me the bill the Legislature passed may not hold up to a legal challenge……..


  • Vog46

    separate the secular from the religious.
    Most Christians work and the Bible encourages work so they do pay taxes.
    The Christian institutions on the other hand, claim a very “secular” tax exemption. Based on THAT alone they should NOT receive public funding for ANY purpose.
    Take away the tax exemption and I could support private school vouchers but there are way too many church based schools chasing after voucher money.



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