by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
In the proposed budget released this morning, Gov. Cooper wages war on low-income parents and children by cutting off their access to $4,200 private school scholarships:
Opportunity Scholarship Program Reduces funding to reflect a gradual elimination of the program and associated changes to the statutory appropriations to the reserve in a corresponding special provision. Recipients of scholarships in FY 2018-19 will remain eligible to receive continued awards. No scholarships will be awarded to new applicants beginning in FY 2019-20.
Cooper would cut around $28.7 million in recurring and $33 million in nonrecurring funding for the Opportunity Scholarship Program in 2019-20. There would be a $44.1 million recurring cut in 2020-21.