North Carolina judge to rule on school voucher program

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood said he will rule Thursday morning on whether it's constitutional for tax money to be used to pay for tuition at private or religious schools.

Hobgood heard several hours of testimony Tuesday on the permissibility of the "Opportunity Scholarship" program. Passed by the General Assembly in 2013, the program gives annual grants of up to $4,200 to families that want to send their children to private schools.

Taxpayer and teachers groups, as well as many of the state's 115 school boards, are challenging whether the state can spend public money on K-12 tuition at private or religious schools.

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