Arguments in the Hart et al vs, North Carolina were heard in the North Carolina Supreme Court on February 17th.
This is a straight forward voucher case. The legislature voted to fund $4,200 vouchers for private schools. There is no tax credit dodge here. There is, however, a constitutional requirement that the state raise funds exclusively for a ‘free and uniform public school system’.
The arguments have a familiar ring.
Private schools are allowed to discriminate in their admission of students, and they are exempt from public school accountability. Most of the schools receiving vouchers are religious. In Florida, a similar voucher bill, Bush vs. Holmes, was declared unconstitutional back in 2006. It was replaced by a tax credit scholarship program that is currently in the courts.