NC Supreme Court Denies Emergency Fund Release For Opportunity Scholarships

Legislative leaders asked the NC Supreme Court for an emergency release of funds for the Opportunity Scholarships while the decision of Judge Hobgood is being appealed.

News and Observer:

— North Carolina’s Supreme Court has rejected a request from legislative leaders for an emergency release of voucher funds while they appeal a court decision that declared the program unconstitutional.

The state’s highest court, which just had a change in leadership with the mandatory retirement of Chief Justice Sarah Parker, offered little explanation for the decision. Mark Martin, who had been senior associate justice since 2006, became the N.C. Supreme Court chief justice on Monday.

Last week, the leaders of the N.C. House of Representatives and the N.C. Senate, along with several parents who are advocates of the N.C. “Opportunity Scholarship” program, turned to the N.C. Supreme Court when a similar request to the N.C. Court of Appeals failed.


The News and Observer piece doesn’t make mention of the legal representation for the parents who has also filed an emergency motion. Representation for the parents in the suit also filed with the NC Supreme Court. I haven’t seen where this motion has been ruled on yet. It asks for the funds for those children already accepted to be released so they are not in academic limbo.

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