Supporters of privatizing public education with a voucher program say that parents need vouchers to give them more educational choices because many low income students are “trapped in failing public schools.”
That rhetoric was on full display this week in Raleigh at a court hearing on lawsuits by education advocates and school boards to stop the voucher scheme approved last year by the General Assembly as part of the state budget signed by Governor Pat McCrory.
Attorneys for the state and the Institute for Justice, a Washington right-wing legal foundation, asked the court to dismiss the lawsuits out of hand, but Judge Robert H. Hobgood declined and the case will proceed to a trial where presumably we will hear a lot more from the voucher supporters about poor students who are “trapped.”
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