North Carolina House Passes Educational Choice Program

Bipartisan support helps empower parents to make best educational choices for their children

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 14, 2013)— The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, today applauded the North Carolina House of Representatives for passing a budget that provides funding for an educational choice program creating new opportunities for thousands of North Carolinian children. North Carolina’s educational choice program received bipartisan support and is tailored to children who participate in the federal free or reduced lunch program.

“North Carolina families and children are grateful for the courageous leadership from bipartisan members of the House who fought for educational choice,” said Betsy DeVos, chairman of the American Federation for Children. “This common sense legislation strengthens North Carolina’s education system by empowering thousands of parents with the opportunity to make the best educational choice for their children.”

As the legislation currently stands, funding will be increased each year, allowing an estimated 12,000 children attend the school of their parents’ choice.

The educational choice program is a part of the budget legislation and now heads to conference committee before being presented to the governor.

“This legislation enables students to obtain new educational options by allowing the funding to follow that student to a school that best fits the child’s needs,” added DeVos. “Parents and students across North Carolina remain hopeful that members of the House and Senate conference committee will recognize the importance of the educational choice program and the opportunities it will offer to countless children.”

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.