After refusing to dismiss a pair of lawsuits challenging the legality of a new voucher program in North Carolina, a superior court judge has suspended the program from distributing funds until the lawsuits have been resolved.
The ruling in February stops the state from holding a scheduled lottery this month that would award nearly 2,400 vouchers for the 2014-15 school year, reports WRAL.com.
Nearly 4,300 students have applied for the vouchers, which would provide up to $4,200 of public funding per child to be used toward private school tuition. The North Carolina Association of Educators and the North Carolina School Boards Association filed separate lawsuits claiming the program, created by the legislature last summer, violates the state constitution.
A version of this article appeared in the March 05, 2014 edition of Education Week as N.C. Court Suspends Student-Voucher Program