Too soon to gauge the impact on local school budget.
The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled 4-3 last week that the state's voucher system, also known as Opportunity Scholarships, are constitutional, which paved the way for current scholarship recipients to stay in their schools for the coming year.
"Our review is limited to a determination of whether plaintiffs have demonstrated that the program legislation plainly and clearly violates our constitution," Chief Justice Mark Martin wrote for the majority. "Plaintiffs have made no such showing in this case. Accordingly, the trial court erred in declaring the Opportunity Scholarship Program unconstitutional."
The Supreme Court's ruling virtually rescinded the 2014 ruling of Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood who viewed the program as problematic because the scholarships would be used to fund private schools, which are able to permit students based on an admission process, unlike public schools, who accept every student. Hobgood also originally ruled against the voucher program citing concern that private schools do not have the same curriculum and teacher certification standard as public schools.