Friday, December 13, 2013

Taxpayer Suit Challenges North Carolina School Voucher Program

This week some 25 North Carolina taxpayers filed a state court lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's new voucher program for students attending private schools, including religiously sponsored schools. The complaint (full text) in Hart v. State of North Carolina, (Super. Ct., filed 12/11/2013), alleges that the voucher program violates provisions of the North Carolina constitution calling for a uniform system of free public schools. North Carolina Justice Center's website and the website of the North Carolina Association of Educators have additional information on the lawsuit.  AP's coverage of the lawsuit has additional background on the voucher program.