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February 5, 2014

BOE supports challenge to vouchers

TARBORO — The Edgecombe County Board of Education has taken a stand against private school vouchers legislation by supporting a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the legislation.

At its Jan. 13 meeting, the board voted to approve a resolution supporting the complaint filed against North Carolina Senate Bill 402, Voucher Litigation, which is set to take effect next school year. SB 402 appropriates $10 million in public funds to provide private school vouchers to students. Under the voucher law, a private school can receive up to $4,200 in public funding for each eligible student that it enrolls.

Since the vote, board members have continued to voice their opposition to the vouchers.

School Board Vice-Chair Evelyn Wilson said she views the vouchers as “more drain on our public funds.”

“I do not support vouchers,” Wilson said. “I feel it’s important that we support public schools. Public schools to me are the No. 1 educational institution for the majority of our young people in North Carolina.”

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