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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina judge is keeping alive a challenge to a new law that would let taxpayer money go for tuition at private or religious schools.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood on Monday refused to dismiss a lawsuit over what one side calls school “vouchers” and the other calls “opportunity scholarships.”

Hobgood wants another hearing Friday on whether to block the annual grants for children in low-income households of up to $4,200 for the academic year starting in August

The North Carolina Association of Educators and the group representing the state’s 115 school boards filed separate lawsuits arguing the law violates the state constitution.

State attorneys are joined by a libertarian legal defense group representing parents who want the program. They say the law expands education options.

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  • guest123455

    School vouchers will in no way help low income families. $4200 will not cover tuition at any private school that I am aware of. Private also means that they have to provide their own transportation. This alone will keep most low income students out of private schools. Not to mention they can be denied for various reasons. It is just one more way to run away from the problem instead of fixing it.

  • Erlkoenig

    This is liberalism standing in the way of opportunities for low income people. They need low income people remaining low income people so as to better control them.


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