Ralph Hise is pushing major expansion of private school vouchers

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Sucking $146 Million in lifeblood from public schools:

AN ACT TO CHANGE THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR THE OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP GRANT FUND PROGRAM TO ALLOW ANY STUDENT ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND A NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC SCHOOL TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A SCHOLARSHIP GRANT AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE PROGRAM.

This is actually Stage 3 of the scheme. Stage 1 was getting the voucher program passed by focusing on poor kids, Stage 2 was adding an additional $10 Million per year even though it was not needed, and now Stage 3 will funnel tax revenues to rich families, so they can segregate their little darlings in posh corporate creches. And you can expect Dan Forest to be leg-humping this bill very soon:

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest wants to let every North Carolina family, regardless of their income, be able to receive a state-funded voucher to attend a private school.

Forest made school choice the central piece of his education plan that he released Thursday morning in his campaign to win the Republican nomination for governor in 2020. Forest said he’d continue to give priority for low-income families to receive the vouchers through a weighted selection lottery but would expand the eligibility criteria “to allow every family in North Carolina the chance to choose a school that works for them.”

“Parents should have a choice in education,” Forest said in one of a series of videos released Thursday to accompany his education platform. “They should have a choice where their students actually attend school.”

“Dan Forest’s new plan is essentially a roundup of his empty rhetoric on education; it fails to address meaningful reforms to support students and pay teachers what they deserve,” Liz Doherty, a spokeswoman for Cooper’s campaign, said in a statement Thursday. “Instead, it proposes underfunding and robbing our schools to pay for private school vouchers. It’s not surprising given this is the same man who, when pressed about teacher pay, shrugged his shoulders and insisted no one is ‘forcing’ teachers to take these jobs.”

Just a fair warning to Ralph and Dandy, Senate Bill 711 will be Vetoed with a vengeance. And don't even try to squeeze that into another, unrelated bill, because we will be watching.

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Comments

It's been sent to the Committee

on Rules and Operation in the Senate, which has a reputation for being the place bills are sent to die. As yet, there isn't a companion bill in the House, so it doesn't appear to have any legs.

All that being said, I don't trust General Assembly Republicans as far as I can throw Hise. I'll keep an eye on it...