RALEIGH - The North Carolina Democratic Party applauds the decision by a Superior Court judge to freeze a NC school voucher program designed to give parent taxpayers money to send their children to private schools.NCDP Chairman Randolph Voller stated, "The voucher program takes money away from public schools. In a time of education budget cuts -- including a failure of incentive pay for professional development, the elimination of tenure as well as the Teaching Fellows program and lack of funding for classroom supplies -- the idea of a voucher program is an attack on the public school system. The NC State Constitution requires the State to provide a quality education to all school–age children, not just the privileged few."
As the News & Observer reported: "Lawyers representing taxpayers, the N.C. School Boards Association and local school boards argued that the state constitution prohibits using public money to pay private K-12 school tuition. The program would give about 2,400 students who leave public school up to $4,200 each to pay tuition at a private school."