NSBA Asks N.C. Supreme Court to Strike Down State Voucher Program

February 2, 2015

Alexandria, Va. (Feb. 2, 2015) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief today in the North Carolina Supreme Court case Richardson v. North Carolina. The brief supports a lawsuit by the North Carolina School Boards Association asking the Court to strike down as unconstitutional the state’s law that provides vouchers for students to attend private schools.

NSBA’s brief points out that the voucher program’s lack of accountability measures means parents will be denied the ability to assess the quality of the education their students receive. Under the program, private schools in the state do not have to comply with state accountability, academic, and curricular standards, are not required to employ minimally qualified teachers, and do not have to report their low performance.

“We are pleased NSBA supports NCSBA’s effort to ensure students receive a sound education in our public schools,” said NCSBA Executive Director Dr. Ed Dunlap. He added, “Using public dollars to fund private schools with no real accountability even when they fail to deliver a sound education to their students is bad public policy.”

NSBA argues that by diverting tax money to private schools, the voucher program threatens the quality of public education programs, especially in North Carolina, where public schools have been underfunded for years. It notes that North Carolina has consistently ranked near the bottom in per-pupil spending nationwide.

NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel said, “Voucher programs, including North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, rob public schools of the scarce resources available to provide an education to the majority of America’s schoolchildren.”

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