North Carolinians File Suit Against the State Over Unconstitutional Voucher Program

  • OCTOBER 10: The North Carolina State Supreme Court bypassed the Court of Appeals to take up the fight over whether or not North Carolina’s new school voucher program is constitutional
  • SEPTEMBER 19: North Carolina Court of Appeals ordered the state to disburse school vouchers to current recipients, ruling that while the case is being appealed, students who have been already granted school vouchers can use taxpayer dollars at private schools.
  • AUGUST 21: Judge Robert H. Hobgood ruled that North Carolina's voucher program violates the state’s constitution. “The General Assembly fails the children of North Carolina when they are sent with public taxpayer money to private schools that have no legal obligation to teach them anything,” Hobgood said.
  • FEBRUARY 21: Judge Hobgood granted a preliminary injunction halting North Carolina's unconstitutional voucher program. The judge found that failure to grant the injunction could cause irreparable harm. Judge Hopgood further found that a lawsuit filed by the Justice Center and allied groups was likely to succeed on its merits, supporting the need for an injunction halting the program. We are grateful for this finding, which will help North Carolina's students and education system. We look forward to continuing with the legal process.

Twenty-five plaintiffs from across the state filed a lawsuit in Wake County Superior Court on December 11, 2013, challenging the constitutionality of the school voucher law passed by the General Assembly last session.

The large and diverse group of plaintiffs who joined in the lawsuit, sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and the North Carolina Justice Center, reflects North Carolinians' growing alarm at the legislature's attacks on public education.

The plaintiffs include such educational leaders as former Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Ward and former Shaw University president John Lucas, as well as parents, teachers, members of the clergy, and other community leaders. Watch former public school teacher and plaintiff Alice Hart speak at the press conference announcing the lawsuit.

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