Judge: School Vouchers Can Go Out Ahead Of Ruling

A North Carolina judge won't block a state agency from distributing taxpayer money to cover private school tuition in advance of a hearing to determine whether the program championed by Republican lawmakers is legal.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood said Wednesday he won't issue an injunction blocking the State Educational Assistance Authority from paying out $10 million in government-funded scholarships to students who won a lottery for tuition assistance to attend private or religious schools.

The state moved the distribution date to Aug. 15, about a month earlier than originally planned. That's four days ahead of an Aug. 19 hearing where Hobgood will hear arguments from lawyers representing a group of taxpayers and the state's 115 public school boards, who contend the voucher program violates the state constitution.

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