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Diane Ravitch Flags Disheartening De Facto NC Voucher Bill That Pilfers Public Funds for Privatizers, Parochial Schools Under the Banner of “Equal Opportunity”

Last week Diane Ravitch wrote a post describing HB 32, a North Caroline bill sponsored by GOP legislators that is designed to expand on an existing “Opportunity Scholarship Program” that is eerily similar to that under consideration in NH. I typically avoid “slippery slope” arguments… particularly when they are not supported by evidence. But this bill IS evidence that once s GOP legislature gets an opportunity to turn public funds over to religious and for-profit schools they will eagerly do so. As Ms. Ravistch notes her scathing opening paragraphs, the GOP legislators in NC prefer offering subsidies to “low-quality schools instead of improving their public schools.” Indeed, when bills like HB 32 are given serious consideration, the GOP legislators are not only avoiding the improvement of public schools, they are actively contributing to their demise.

If folks in states where concepts like “Opportunity Scholarships” are being proposed in the name of egalitarianism voters and taxpayers should clutch their wallets tightly or be prepared to pay for slick marketing in lieu of quality schools.

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