North Carolina Supreme Court affirms state’s school choice program

Upholds popular Opportunity Scholarship Program serving low-income students

 

AFC applauds today’s North Carolina Supreme Court ruling to affirm the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program. Since February 2014, legal challenges have continuously been made attempting to block the program, and today it has been settled with the court’s decision.

“Today the court stood with parents who have demanded greater educational choice, rather than an education system that is underserving too many of North Carolina’s children,” said Kevin P. Chavous, executive counsel of the American Federation for Children. “We are thrilled to see the Opportunity Scholarship Program affirmed so that it can continue to offer life changing educational opportunities to children in need, and empower the countless families who seek these opportunities.”

Darrell Allison of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, one of AFC’s partner organizations, added, “We are thankful to the Justices of the North Carolina State Supreme Court for believing that any program which helps ensure all children have access to a sound, basic education is serving a public purpose…We join the thousands of families across the state who are celebrating today because the Court has given them the legal right to exercise educational choice through the Opportunity Scholarship Program.”

Passed in 2013, the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Program offers scholarships for low-income children to attend the private school of their parents’ choice. Nearly 1,200 students participated in the program during the 2014-2015 school year and over 5,000 applications have been submitted for new and renewal scholarships this year.

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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.