North Carolinians File Suit Against the State Over Unconstitutional Voucher Program

In this video, part of a series presented by the NC Justice Center and the NC Association of Educators, the Fitzsimmons family explains why public schools are vital — and why voucher-funded schools won't serve everyone. Brian and Katherine's son Liam, who has autism, was able to benefit from Wake County Public Schools early intervention programs at the age of three. "The diversity of resources that we were able to get through Wake County Public Schools is unmatched when comparing the system to other private institutions," Brian said. "The fact of the matter is that private schools in North Carolina have every ability and every right to discriminate based on whatever class you can come up with."

Rev. T. Anthony Spearman is the pastor at the Clinton Tabernacle AME Zion Church in Hickory, where he is also a member of the Board of Education for the local public schools. In this video, Rev. Spearman talks about the importance of public schools, and how voucher programs can be harmful to students and their communities. "I am a product of public education and I thank God for the education I have received," Rev. Spearman says. "Education, as far as I'm concerned, is key to progress. Without education there is no progress." Click below to watch the full video.

Rev. Arnetta Beverly of Greensboro, North Carolina, explains why public schools are so valuable and why vouchers for unaccountable private schools threaten to re-segregate schools and undermine education for our state's children.



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