Myrtle Grove Christian School won’t accept state-funded vouchers

Published: Dec. 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 10, 2013 at 10:03 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Myrtle Grove Christian School, which recently adopted a controversial "Biblical morality" admissions policy, will not accept state-funded vouchers, according to Head of School Stacey Miller.

"Myrtle Grove Christian School does not receive government funding or enroll students under any voucher program, and we will not be accepting Opportunity Scholarships next year," Miller wrote in a statement. "While we are grateful that this new program will enable more parents in North Carolina to make the school choices that they believe are best for their children, Myrtle Grove will continue to make scholarship opportunities available solely through private funding sources."

The school announced in November that it was revising its admissions policy to give it the right to refuse admission of an applicant whose home life includes "homosexual or bisexual activity."

The decision drew the outcry of Equality N.C., a statewide gay-rights group, which said that schools with policies like the one at Myrtle Grove shouldn't be able to accept state vouchers.

Starting next year, low-income families can apply for the state-funded "opportunity scholarships" to help pay private-schools tuition.

It's not clear if Myrtle Grove ever intended to accept the vouchers.

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