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Cooper proposes “a gradual elimination” of Opportunity Scholarships

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.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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