Tell the NC General Assembly to vote against the costly and problematic House Bill 32! Expanding voucher programs will reduce available revenue for traditional public and charter schools.
H32 would expand North Carolina’s unaccountable voucher programs far beyond the program's intended scope. Under the bill, the Opportunity Scholarship voucher program would further shift away from its original purpose by serving increasingly more affluent families and those who would have already attended private school.
H32 proposes to make changes to the Opportunity Scholarship voucher program that would extend eligibility to students who were already enrolled in a private school, while also increasing the cost of vouchers by 25 percent. Together, these changes are a needless and expensive giveaway that will largely benefit families that already have children enrolled in private school and are expected to cost the state nearly $160 million over the next nine years.
The Opportunity Scholarship voucher is already the nation’s least-accountable program and subsidizes organizations that discriminate against LGBTQ+ youth and their families. There is no value in expanding such a program when students in our public schools – both traditional and charter – face so many unmet needs.
Expanding unaccountable voucher programs at this moment is particularly problematic. Public schools, both traditional and charter, are facing unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic. Our schools are already hamstrung by the state’s historic unwillingness to provide all students with a sound basic education.
Tell the NC House to vote against costly and problematic voucher programs
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