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Parents’ wishes put on hold in North Carolina

• Shea

By: Emily MacNeil

Fewer than 30 percent of low-income students enrolled in North Carolina public schools are proficient in math and reading. In response, legislators last year passed the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides tuition for low-income students to private schools picked by their parents.

In less than 25 days, more than 4,500 student applications were received, hailing from 95 of the 100 counties in North Carolina. The North Carolina Association of Educators and North Carolina School Boards Association challenged the constitutionality of the program. And Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood has issued an injunction, putting the hopes of parents and students on hold.

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina launched the One of 4,500 video campaign to give a face and voice to families impacted by this injunction. Hear their stories:


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