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Judge Smacks Down North Carolina's Discriminatory Voucher Law


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Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood issued an injunction against North Carolina’s school voucher law because it is likely that suits challenging this law will succeed on the merits.

In other words, Judge Hobgood saw what was behind Opportunity Scholarship Program’s curtain, as stated in the words of schools that would benefit from this law.

In short, North Carolina’s tax dollars would go to schools that discriminate based on religious and other grounds. According to the Charlotte Observer, most applications for vouchers are for religious based schools. The top choice upon voucher applicants is Raleigh Christian Academy. The school’s website says it offers a “truly Christian education” The school also requires parents and their children to sign a loyalty pledge to the Beacon Baptist church and the RCA that includes a doctrinal agreement.

The Greensboro Islamic Academy reportedly places restrictions on children with “emotional, behavioral and severe learning disabilities.”

We require that both parents and student(s) sign this form stating that they are in 100% agreement with our doctrinal positions. Those who would view these doctrines differently than the people of this church and church school are asked to seek a school that will more closely meet the needs of their families and reflect their faith.

So what happens to children who have or are later found to have these disabilities? They can go back to a public school, but the private school still keeps the voucher money that supposedly was intended to pay for the excluded child’s tuition.

The school’s application says it does not have programs available to meet those students’ needs.

If students who are admitted and are later found to have emotional, behavioral or severe learning disabilities they may be asked to leave, according to the application.

NC Policy Watch points to the statistically proven racist element of vouchers.

Surging enrollment in non-public schools was often concentrated in areas with high concentrations of African-American students, and the segregative legacy of these private schools and academies continues to this day:

Bertie County is 62% African American. Lawrence Academy was founded in Bertie County in 1968. Its student body is 98% white.

Halifax County is 53% African-American. Halifax Academy and Hobgood Academy were both founded in 1969. Halifax Academy is 98% white; Hobgood Academy is 95% white.

Hertford County is over 60% African-American. Ridgecroft School, founded in 1968, is 97% white.

Northampton County is 58% African-American, but Northeast Academy, established in 1966, is 99% white.

Dick Komer of the far right wing Institute for Justice who argued in defense of the law said he plans to appeal.

This law would have redistributed $10 million tax dollars from accountable public schools to unaccountable private religious, charter and home schools under the pretense that this was about providing access and choice to children from poor families. Yet access is limited on religious and racial grounds grounds and at least in some cases, children with certain types of disabilities are excluded.

None of these schools would have to meet curriculum guidelines, as is the case of schools in the public education system. As Rmuse pointed out, this means children will be left further behind in a high tech world because they teach Bible based “facts” instead of those that are proven scientifically or documented in history.

Bible-based facts such as “
dinosaurs and humans co-existed on Earth
slave-masters treated their slaves well
the KKK fought the decline in morality by using the sign of the cross; and gay people have no more claims to special rights than child molesters or rapists

Ultimately, laws like this violate the constitution’s establishment clause because they tear down the wall of separation between church and state. They force children to adhere to a specific religion and its doctrine and denies science or historical facts that contradict religious dogma. They force people who believe in the Founding Father’s constitution, vs. the one that religious extremists claim was written by God, to pay for it. Even if that wasn’t an issue, children sent to these schools will be left behind in a high tech world where science and facts are embraced as tools of invention and prosperity.

As it stands, 25% of Americans don’t know as a fact that the earth revolves around the sun and only 48% know that human beings evolved from earlier species of animals.

I wonder how many of the proponents of vouchers would send their kids to schools that leave their students without the most basic scientific knowledge and skills needed to survive and succeed in the 21st century.


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In short, North Carolina’s tax dollars would go to schools that discriminate based on religious and other grounds.

But in the mean time...on a TV she bought at Walmart, (where Glen Beck once worked [but of course not at minimum wage] when he was in College, the same one Tim Tebow thought about going to) Sarah Palin simultaneously watched MSNBC on how the REPUBS were completely to blame for every thing wrong with the Government, CNN about the Trayvon Martin injustice and Fox News about East Jerusalem (but there was no mention of global warming disproportionately caused by Israel and the effect it has on the peace loving Palestinian people); while she read a article on gun control (and day dreamed about what has a greater impact...same sex marriage or the Republican war on women) as she ate a Chick-Fil-A sandwich... washing it down with a 64 oz Coke, that she bought at a Koch Brothers franchise, right next to the Catholic Church (where the local Tea Party meets to discuss keeping minorities down, the illegal immigrant problem, Obama not being born in America and the war in Iraq that Haliburton started) which was built where a old growth forest use to be, that the Red Skins used for burying their dead and as a center for redistributing their wealth until White Christian European males (who Mitt Romney is a direct descendant of) came and stole their land...planting it with genetically altered crops and polluted it and never paid enough taxes on it because they are the greedy rich who take advantage of the Bush tax cuts and hoping they could some day build a prison there to warehouse inmates that racist cops rail roaded, all the while...Miley Cyrus in a outrageously sheer pair of pants...(without any underwear on) danced on Ronald Reagan's grave, as Occupy Wall Street protesters chanted and burned an American flag that was made in China.

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