School voucher applications open

Posted February 3, 2014

Beginning Monday, North Carolina parents can apply for state-sponsored scholarships to help send their children to private or religious school. The "Opportunity Scholarships" are the Tar Heel state's first foray into student vouchers.

Applications are available online, and the deadline is Feb. 25. Recipients will be chosen at random from the applicant pool and will be notified on March 3. 

Apply: NC Opportunity Scholarships


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 6, 2014

    @mep said, “Let parents decide WHERE their money goes.....”

    Ah, but it’s not YOUR money. Get it?

    It’s PUBLIC money that is comprised of tiny sliver of my money, a sliver of my town’s money, a sliver of my neighbor’s money AND an equally tiny sliver of YOUR money.

    If you choose not to use the “free” public school, you don’t then get to take any of that money...that compilation money from many people...and use it just for YOUR benefit.

    This seems like a clear cut Golden Rule thing to me...a “do unto others” thing that so many Conservatives tell me is important to them. Does greed just override that rule in your household or is it just not that important for you to follow?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 4, 2014

    If you want to ignore The Constitution and The Golden Rule, that does not mean that rest of us will. Giving PUBLIC money to YOUR religion goes against both. If you don't understand that, then take One Second and think about "doing unto others as you would have done unto you".

    In other words, ask yourself how you would feel if Satanic Church schools got the same money that Christian schools got.

    Then, you might start understanding what others think about your schools and how The Constitution suddenly comes under your consideration.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 4, 2014

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    If you don't like State Parks, you don't get your tax money back to take your child to DisneyLand. There are No Refunds. And, you CERTAINLY don't get to further YOUR religion with public money.

    If you don't like your school choice, take some personal responsibility and stop relying on a government handout. Pay for it yourself.

  • rroadrunner99 Feb 4, 2014

    In my opinion this is just a way for the parent's who can afford private school for their children to get a part of it paid for by the state (just seem's like another tax break in disquise to me,) thereby taking money away from already strained public schools.

  • mep Feb 3, 2014

    reality as we already have private schools "competing" with public schools. If the private schools are so great, they won't need my taxpayer money in order to subsidize them.

    but its OK for MY tax money to subsidize public education... and I have to pay twice to attend a private school. I dont think so.... true competition would allow ME to decide where my tax money for MY childrens education goes... and anyone elses education I choose to subsidize.... religious or otherwise. The Federal govt already subsidizes many religious organizations for non-religious work.... education can in fact be one of them.

  • Hubris Feb 3, 2014

    "Psssst, the country was founded on Public Education by the Puritans and then later solidified. Our foundations of this country are on public education, not private because the masses must be educated in order to keep democracy and freedom."

    WRONG!!! The Puritans?

    Public education didn't take root in the United States until well after the Civil War. Please read:

  • ims1924 Feb 3, 2014

    There is no way that the children will be picked at random. There will be a quota no matter what we are told.

  • Plenty Coups Feb 3, 2014

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    Yeah, just ask them to show you examples of successful countries without public school systems.

  • Plenty Coups Feb 3, 2014

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    Nobody is stopping a parent from moving or homeschooling. If it's really about "choice for all", as you pretend, then the state should fund the entire tuition, fees, and transportation costs of those who desire "choice". Otherwise it's just a "choice" for those who can afford it.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 3, 2014

    Interesting! Now we'll see if this makes the public school system better itself to compete, or just give up altogether.

    Either way, it should be a parent's right to decide where their children receive education, and those choices shouldn't be only available for those who can afford to send their children to private or religious schools.