A Wake County judge has cast down a decision that puts a hold on the N.C. General Assembly's attempt to move forward with its voucher program or the “Opportunity Scholarship Program."
The ruling puts state officials at odds regarding funding opportunities for private or religious schools through the proposed opportunity scholarships. On Thursday, Aug. 21, Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled that the 2013 law that permitted the use of public tax dollars through opportunity scholarships – more commonly known as school vouchers – to pay for private institutions, was unconstitutional.
The ruling said, in part, that state funds “should be exclusively used for establishing a uniform system of free public schools. ... the General Assembly fails the children of North Carolina when they are sent with public taxpayer money to private schools that have no legal obligation to teach them anything.”