School Vouchers: Overview & Update on Legal Action

Public Schools First NCBY PATTY WILLIAMS     On Tuesday, January 28th, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Public Schools First NC will host an important webinar entitled, School Vouchers: Overview & Update on Legal Action.

In December 2013, not one, but two lawsuits were filed challenging the constitutionality of the newly passed North Carolina school voucher law. Each lawsuit maintains that the new law violates the state constitution’s mandate that state revenues for public education “shall be faithfully appropriated and used exclusively for establishing and maintaining a uniform system of free public schools.”

Twenty-five plaintiffs from across the state are part of one suit sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and the North Carolina Justice Center. The North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) and four taxpayers filed a second lawsuit.  At least 40 school districts have joined this second lawsuit.

School vouchers are taxpayer-funded dollars that families can use to pay educational expenses for their children if they opt out of public schools. Recent public polling data[1] reports that 70 percent of Americans and 61 percent of North Carolinians oppose school vouchers.

Please join us to learn more about the school voucher program in North Carolina. Staff of Public Schools First NC, an attorney from the NC Justice Center and a parent who is a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed by the NC Justice Center and the NC Association of Educators will provide important information about this initiative.

To attend the January 28th webinar, please register: Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3785683761436787457

[1] Public Policy Polling, October 2013




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