Earlier this year we told you about progressive members of the NC Senate’s attempt to defund the Opportunity Scholarship program, which was resoundingly defeated by conservative leadership.
Undeterred, first-term progressive Senators Natasha Marcus, Sam Searcy, and Wiley Nickel have filed a bill that would cut off the Opportunity Scholarship fund.
Opponents of the Opportunity Scholarship program cite how much money is being unused in the program, and instead of seeing a chance to expand eligibility to more students with existing funding want to fund their pet projects, like a mandate for a complete overhaul of the energy sector or socialized medicine.
Success stories like Gate City Charter Academy that empower low-income students, or Nariah Hunter, who has become a star student, could be the norm throughout North Carolina. Instead our wide-eyed and hard-charging first-term senators would rather kill innovation and opportunity in the cradle.