The North Carolina Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Feb. 24 in a lawsuit challenging the legality of the state's school voucher program. The case was set to begin today, but has been postponed until next week because of a winter storm warning. The program gives low-income families up to $4,200 for their child to attend a private school.
It was ruled unconstitutional last year, but an appeals court continued to fund the students who had already received the scholarships and allowed future applications to continue.
According to Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, more than 2,300 students from across North Carolina are attending private schools this year under the Opportunity Scholarship program. More than 300 private schools are accepting the school vouchers. The future of the program is uncertain after a North Carolina judge ordered the vouchers unconstitutional on Thursday.
A North Carolina judge has ordered private school vouchers unconstitutional. Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled Thursday to stop the use of taxpayer money for tuition at private or religious schools.