North Carolinians File Suit Against the State Over Unconstitutional Voucher Program

UPDATE: On February 21, Judge Robert H. Hobgood granted a preliminary injunction halting North Carolina's unconstitutional voucher program. The judge found that failure to grant the injunction could cause irreparable harm. Judge Hopgood further found that a lawsuit filed by the Justice Center and allied groups was likely to succeed on its merits, supporting the need for an injunction halting the program. We are grateful for this finding, which will help North Carolina's students and education system. We look forward to continuing with the legal process.

Twenty-five plaintiffs from across the state filed a lawsuit in Wake County Superior Court on December 11 challenging the constitutionality of the school voucher law passed by the General Assembly last session.

The large and diverse group of plaintiffs who joined in the lawsuit, sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and the North Carolina Justice Center, reflects North Carolinians' growing alarm at the legislature's attacks on public education.

The plaintiffs include such educational leaders as former Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Ward and former Shaw University president John Lucas, as well as parents, teachers, members of the clergy, and other community leaders.

Use the links below for details on the lawsuit and school vouchers:

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VoucherPlaintiffs.pdf1.95 MB
VoucherFactSheet.pdf5.84 MB
VoucherComplaint.pdf858.48 KB