Carolina Journal’s Barry Smith reports on reaction to the ruling by Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood, who, incredibly, has ruled that the Opportunity Scholarship voucher program that allows low-income kids to attend a private school rather than be trapped in a public school that isn’t working for them — is unconstitutional.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, criticized Judge Hobgood’s decision.

“Today’s ruling by a single trial court judge advances a clear political agenda ahead of the needs of thousands of North Carolina children,” Berger said. “We are committed to providing students a sound, basic education — and that’s the very reason we don’t want to trap disabled and underprivileged children in low-performing schools that are failing to deliver on that responsibility. This ruling yet again frustrates parents who desperately want to provide what’s best for their kids, and I hope we will move swiftly to appeal.”

Berger noted that 16 other states and the District of Columbia have similar voucher programs.

JLF’s Terry Stoops reacts here.