The Opportunity Scholarship Program will provide vouchers to low-income families to send their children to schools of their choice, regardless of ZIP code. Approximately 2,400 eligible applicants will receive vouchers of up to $4,200 each.
The injunction prevented school voucher applications from being processed by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, which manages the program. To be eligible for a voucher, applicants must qualify for free or reduced-price lunches at a public school.
Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, said the program is designed to provide low-income families with an educational opportunity they couldn’t afford otherwise.
Statistics from the state’s Department of Public Instruction reported that the average proficiency of low-income students in end-of-grade testing for 2012-13 was 17.4 percent. Students who were not economically disadvantaged averaged a proficiency of 49.8 percent.