American Federation for Children applauds North Carolina court ruling that allows students to participate in Opportunity Scholarship Program in the fall

Washington, D.C. (July 31, 2014) – The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, applauds yesterday’s court ruling to allow North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program to operate for the 2014-2015 school year. While the case is litigated, more than 2,700 students who received scholarships will be able to attend the school of their parents’ choice in the fall.
“It is promising to see children in North Carolina be able to access a quality education tailored to their needs, even in the midst of this legal battle,” said Kevin P. Chavous, executive counsel to the American Federation for Children. “This lawsuit is akin to suing children. It is wrong, morally unjust and part of a disappointing pattern of behavior from teacher unions and anti-reform advocates who wish to keep children trapped in underperforming schools and eliminate a parent’s right to choose. We are thrilled the court decided to side with parents and students and allow the program to proceed.”
The demand for educational choice in North Carolina is high, with more than 4,200 students applying for the limited number of slots for the program. Also nearly 300 private schools across the state have registered for the program.
AFC’s state ally, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) issued a statement:


The American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.


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