Warning on vouchers (or “opportunity scholarships”) from North Carolina

The next time you hear we need vouchers to offer choice to poor children, remember this warning from North Carolina: “When lawmakers first introduced the Opportunity Scholarship legislation back in April 2013, the intent was to provide $90 million over two years to students who reside in households with incomes of up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level – that’s $70,650 for a family of four.
Today’s law caps the income eligibility limit for school vouchers at $43,568 for a family of four—a move made perhaps in response to a public outcry over extending the proposed program beyond truly low-income families. But income eligibility limits will rise in year two to 57,945 for a family of four. And they could rise even further, if actions in other states are telling of what is to come in North Carolina.”
– See more at:http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2014/01/30/school-voucher-program-intended-for-low-income-families-marketed-to-all/#sthash.sfuHvhNm.dpuf



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