As the North Carolina House goes through its budget proposal – and reading/voting on the House floor was scheduled to begin today – an item on Page 171 is actually the funding for a bill that has been introduced in the Senate.

Senate Bill 406, called “Choose Your School, Choose Your Future,” is a plan to expand the eligibility to opportunity scholarships – sometimes called “vouchers” – to all families, essentially allowing families in all income brackets to withdraw the money allocated for their children’s public education and spend it in a school of their choice.

This is not new – such scholarships have been in place in North Carolina since 2013 – but this bill would greatly expand the “opportunity” for students in higher income brackets, although the priority will continue to be lower-income families.



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