FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2023
Contact: Laura Macklem
NC BUDGET AFFORDS FAMILIES THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE THE BEST EDUCATIONAL PATH FOR THIER CHILDREN
North Carolina’s newly approved budget expands Opportunity Scholarships to all families in NC, empowering parents to choose the school which best fits their children. Education funding will now allow every child to break away from our current one-size-fits-all approach to education, regardless of household income.
“Parents know what’s best for their own children, and now economics will no longer be a stumbling block for families who want to escape failing public schools rife with indoctrination,” said NC Values Executive Director Tami Fitzgerald. “Public schools also now have incentive to put learning ahead of the far left’s radical agenda which does not reflect the values of most North Carolinians. An overwhelming majority of people in our state want choice so that every child gets a chance for a quality, unbiased education.”
NC Values Coalition and NC Faith & Freedom Coalition conducted a statewide poll which showed almost 70% of North Carolinians across the board wanted Opportunity Scholarships. The January 2023 survey found almost 69% of black and white residents supported opportunity scholarships, along with 80% of Hispanics and Asian Americans.
The most recent findings on “The Nation’s Report Card” published by the US Department of Education show that only 35% of North Carolina fourth grade students were proficient in math, and only 32% were proficient in reading. Parents across North Carolina have been scrambling for alternatives to public education because of performance rates, indoctrination and pornographic books in school libraries. School board meetings around the state have been packed with concerned parents who are outraged at the politically driven curriculum and vulgar language, sexually graphic images, and racially divisive tone of assigned and available books in schools.
“Students will no longer be trapped in schools not serving their best interests,” said Fitzgerald. “NC Values worked with other school choice advocates and organizations to advance measures which allow money to follow the students, every one of them. We are thankful for the legislators who recognized the overwhelming popularity of school choice and fought for this funding.”