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Voucher lawsuit moving forward


Staff report


A Raleigh judge has denied a motion to dismiss lawsuits over North Carolina’s school voucher program. The hearing was held Monday regarding two lawsuits seeking to block a law that would give taxpayer money to low-income families for private or religious school tuition.

The North Carolina Association of Educators as well as a group representing the state’s 115 school boards filed the suit, calling into question the constitutionality of offering taxpayer funded scholarships to pay for private schools and claiming the law would divert money away from public schools.

Supporters of the law believe it would give parents the opportunity to send students to private school who might not have been able to afford it otherwise.

The Times-News previously reported that the North Carolina State Education Assistance authority would offer 2,400 vouchers to applicants selected through a lottery drawing. Each voucher would be worth $4,200.

Another hearing is set for Friday.



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