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NC court won't free tax money to private schools

Posted April 2, 2014
Updated April 3, 2014

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— A North Carolina appeals court is rejecting an effort by a pair of parents to reverse a judge who last month blocked a new law that would have allowed taxpayer money to go for tuition at private or religious schools.

The state Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied the request by parents Cynthia Perry and Gennell Curry, who joined the case arguing their children would benefit by the grants that opponents call vouchers. State attorneys are separately defending the law passed last summer.

The appeals court's decision means the program remains suspended until a trial or other appeals judges reverse the hold.

A judge blocked the grants in February, days before a lottery to pick 2,400 students who would receive up to $4,200 toward private school tuition next fall.

Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, said he was disappointed by the Court of Appeals ruling but remains confident that vouchers will be approved eventually.

"I believe that the program and, more importantly, the parents who applied for this program from across the state will ultimately prevail," Allison said in a statement. "There are valid reasons why these parents have applied in such strong numbers, and it is because the current public schools that they are assigned to are not adequate. We must as a state do better for these parents, and we must do so now."


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  • skeeter II Apr 3, 2014

    Remember that the CHARTER SCHOOLS do not have to follow the rules that the Public Schools have to. Only a portion of the teachers have to be CERTIFIED by the State, thus I would say that is WRONG! Yes the CHARTER SCHOOLS have to buy, rent, maintain the properties -- but the counties provide MOST of the funds to buy and maintain the Public School buildings.

    I think that the CHARTER SCHOOLS do not have to accept students with handicaps and can limit the types of students accepted -- such as only those who MIGHT be considered the SMARTEST. And if the parents can not afford to pay the required fees, then their children can not go.

  • Tony Snark Apr 3, 2014

    The new law violates the state constitution. If they want vouchers for private schools, they would need to amend it.

  • Terry Watts Apr 3, 2014
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    McCloud: "If I can't afford to send my kid to private school, why should I have to pay taxes to send another persons kid?"

    Best argument against public money to privates so far...

  • Apr 3, 2014

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    As soon as Math becomes the law of the land, we'll consider your "argument". But as it stands now, the NC Constitution is the law, and we wouldn't want anyone messing with our Constitution now would we? (At least when it concerns IMPORTANT things that we like....)

  • Collin McLoud Apr 3, 2014
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    Spending taxpayer money so kids can go to private schools is no different than spending public money to send kids to Disney World. They are both private institutions. Public tax payer funded schools already exist for people of all economic backgrounds. If I can't afford to send my kid to private school, why should I have to pay taxes to send another persons kid?

  • 678devilish Apr 3, 2014

    so glad they woke up. they want private school then allow these people to pay for it themselves instead of the public. Looking at the honor rolls when it comes out public, the public is doing better than the private. So go figure.

  • rilif6896 Apr 3, 2014

    North Carolina spends about $8400 per year to educate each student. You can see that if the state gives gives a $4500 voucher and no longer needs to educate that child, the state comes out ahead $3900. It's Math.

  • Forthe Newssite Apr 3, 2014
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    PUBLIC money should NOT pay for private school. Kudos to the court. If you choose to send your kids to a private school you should pay. Don't like the public school education, help your kids learn after school/work

  • tllight Apr 3, 2014

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    No way this should be done...Private school is an option chosen by parents that can pay...period. Don't degrade the tax base of Public Schools in the community where we all live ..
    WRAL - interesting that I had to modify@@Tt** guys are really censors

  • Mark Neill Apr 3, 2014
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    If the people of NC were willing to pay through taxes something even close to what is paid for private school students, there'd be a much better job done.

    Of course, you're also comparing a self-selected, significantly-above-average student population to "everyone else". It's not comparable.