School Vouchers http://wunc.org en Judge Suspends NC Private School Vouchers http://wunc.org/post/judge-suspends-nc-private-school-vouchers <p>A North Carolina judge is blocking a new law that uses taxpayer dollars to send low-income students to private or religious schools.&nbsp;</p><p>Responding to opponents’ request to stop the voucher program, the judge ruled Friday that the yearly grants of up to $4200 violate the state constitution.</p><p>“The court finds that to maintain the status quo, that the state school fund must be used exclusively for establishing and maintaining a system of public schools, of course, in concert with the North Carolina Constitution,” said Judge Robert Hobgood.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:42:46 +0000 Reema Khrais 30958 at http://wunc.org Judge Suspends NC Private School Vouchers Private School Vouchers Become Available, Despite Lawsuits http://wunc.org/post/private-school-vouchers-become-available-despite-lawsuits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new program that will help low-income families afford to send their children to private schools has started accepting applications, despite harsh criticisms and legal challenges that have plagued it.</span></p><p>Critics of the voucher program insist it will tear money away from public schools, while supporters have hailed it as a way to give low-income families school choice.</p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 03:19:47 +0000 Reema Khrais 29866 at http://wunc.org Private School Vouchers Become Available, Despite Lawsuits NC Groups Sue State Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Private School Vouchers http://wunc.org/post/nc-groups-sue-state-over-unconstitutional-private-school-vouchers <p>With the support of two advocacy groups, 25 plaintiffs across the state filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging a private school voucher law passed earlier this year.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The N.C. Association of Educators and N.C. Justice Center are sponsoring the lawsuit, arguing that the vouchers are a broad assault on the state’s public schools as it funnels taxpayer money to private schools.</span></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Reema Khrais 27246 at http://wunc.org NC Groups Sue State Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Private School Vouchers How Will North Carolina Education Change? http://wunc.org/post/how-will-north-carolina-education-change <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A North Carolina House Committee approved yesterday a bill that would provide funding to low income families wanting to go to private or religious schools Host Frank Stasio talks about that and other education-related news with WUNC Raleigh Bureau Chief and Education Reporter <a href="/people/dave-dewitt">Dave Dewitt</a>. Wed, 29 May 2013 15:53:26 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 16203 at http://wunc.org How Will North Carolina Education Change? Legislative Committee Approves Voucher Bill http://wunc.org/post/legislative-committee-approves-voucher-bill <p>A legislative committee has approved a measure that would allow low-income students to get taxpayer money to attend private schools.<br><br>The bill, called the<a href="http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/House/PDF/H944v0.pdf"> Opportunity Scholarship Act</a>, would set aside ten million dollars for two thousand scholarships beginning on July first. $40 million more dollars would be set aside for students the following year. Tue, 28 May 2013 20:49:58 +0000 Jessica Jones 16155 at http://wunc.org Legislative Committee Approves Voucher Bill