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NC judge hears lawsuits over private school grants

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina judge is evaluating a new law that would let taxpayer money be used by low-income parents to send their children to private or religious schools.

A Wake County Superior Court judge holds the first hearing Monday into whether what one side calls school "vouchers" and the other calls "opportunity scholarships" will stay in place.

The North Carolina Association of Educators and the group representing the state's 115 school boards filed separate lawsuits. They argue the annual grants of up to $4,200 per child for the academic year starting in August violates the state constitution, which says school funding should be used exclusively for running "a uniform system of free public schools."

State attorneys are joined by a libertarian legal defense group representing parents who want the program.

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