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Updated: NC Supreme Court considers private school voucher program

RALEIGH (AP) — The North Carolina Supreme Court is deciding a case involving better schools, church-state relations and whether taxpayer money is being used wisely to benefit the public.

The state’s highest court spent more than two hours Tuesday listening to lawyers and will decide whether millions of dollars in taxpayer money can be used to pay student tuition at private and religious schools.

A trial judge last summer ruled the program violates the state Constitution, in part because the non-public K-12 schools don’t have to meet state curriculum standards.

Lawyers defending the program say it gives low-income families $4,200 per student and supplements instead of replaces the state’s duty to provide public education.

Opposing attorneys said most participating schools require a certain religious belief, so it’s the schools that choose students.

 

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