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N.C. School Boards Association files lawsuit over voucher law

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The N.C. School Boards Association and four taxpayers have filed a suit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s new voucher law. The N.C. School Boards Association and four taxpayers have filed a suit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s new voucher law.

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) – Less than a week after the North Carolina Association of Educators and the N.C. Justice Center sponsored a lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of the state's new school voucher law, the N.C. School Boards Association and four taxpayers have followed suit.

The voucher law will allow low-income students to apply for $4,200 a year in taxpayer money to pay for private school tuition beginning in 2014.

The second suit, filed Monday in Wake County Superior Court, asserts the law violates the state constitution by:

•           Using public dollars for a non-public purpose—private education opportunities outside of the constitutionally required "general and uniform system of free public schools;"  

•           Failing to require participating private schools to adhere to any substantive educational standards or practice non-discriminatory admissions; 

•           Diverting public dollars from the State School Fund, which is to be used "exclusively for establishing and maintaining a uniform system of public schools;" and  

•           Creating a system of selective secondary educational opportunities that denies students equal opportunities. 

"As a local board member, I am concerned about the impact that will have on our students," said Shearra Miller, president of the NCSBA. "In addition, the voucher program does not ensure that private schools that receive public funding will adhere to our constitution's promise that students will have the opportunity to receive a sound basic education and will not face discrimination." 

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