It is so very sad that North Carolina liberals are continuing to use the courts to deny poor children educational opportunity the wealthy already enjoy.

Parents of students seeking to benefit from the state’s Opportunity Scholarships program must wait for the N.C. Court of Appeals to consider a lawsuit filed on their behalf. Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood denied motions made by defendants to delay his preliminary injunction preventing the scholarships from being issued until an appeal can be heard.

The Institute for Justice, which is representing two parents who want to use Opportunity Scholarships to help send their children to private schools, had asked Hobgood to put his preliminary injunction order on hold — a “stay” in legal terms — to allow at least some of the administrative process for awarding the scholarships to proceed.

The Opportunity Scholarships, or vouchers, would provide as much as $4,200 in scholarships for children from lower-income families to offset the cost of attending private schools. To be eligible in the first year, the children receiving the vouchers must have been enrolled in a public school the previous year and qualify for free- or reduced-price lunches.

And who are the liberals behind this legal challenge?

The N.C. Association of Educators and the N.C. School Boards Association, among others, filed suit against the state challenging the voucher law. They claimed that the N.C. Constitution doesn’t allow tax dollars to be spent for private education. 

Weep for the children.