I missed this.
Raleigh, N.C. — Although they won’t be issued until next March, vouchers that will allow hundreds of students from low-income families to attend private schools across North Carolina already have officials at many schools eagerly anticipating an influx of students.
State lawmakers set aside $10 million in the budget for so-called “Opportunity Scholarships” to help pay private school tuition for about 2,500 students, starting in the 2014-15 school year. Legislative leaders said they plan to ratchet the fund up to $50 million a year after that.
Karen Duquette, vice president of Parents for Educational Freedom, said the grants will give poorer families the same options as wealthier families for their children’s schooling.
“There is truly an academic gap, primarily (among) low-income and minority students, and they’re looking for another option,” Duquette said.