The school choice fight is not going away. According to a press release from the NC Senate (Aug. 26, 2020), Governor Roy Cooper’s just-released state budget “strips funding from the state’s Opportunity Scholarship program.”
The Opportunity Scholarships program provides money for families who want to get their children out of bad or dangerous educational situations and have the opportunity to learn in a private school setting.
A Co-Chair of the state Senate Education Committee, NC Senator Deanna Ballard (R-Watauga), commented, “The Governor uses a lot of buzz words, like ‘equity,’ but his four-months-late budget proposal is anything but equitable. It strips low-income children, many of whom are Black, from the chance to choose the education that best suits their needs. Under the Governor’s ‘equity’ plan, only the wealthy can attend private school.”…
Why in the world of all the programs he could cut would the Governor cut that program?
Again, the Governor appears to be doing the bidding of the left-leaning NCAE teachers union.
Think about it…who does the Opportunity Scholarship threaten? It simply expands school choice with grants for eligible children in kindergarten through 12th grade – scholarship funding of up to $4,200 per year to attend a participating nonpublic school.
For some parents, that’s the only way to get their children educated in a safe setting that keeps them out of harm’s way.
But to the politicians and the union bosses – allowing parents the opportunity to choose the best course for their children that is out of the coercive power of state government and its chief crony – the NCAE – rocks the foundation of the union mindset. So the liberals fight back by stripping this successful program out of the proposed budget.
Who suffers? So many of the very children and families that the Governor and his ilk are always saying they’re trying to protect.