The audience at a forum explaining the tax credit for special education showered their love on House members and advocacy groups that fought for a $6,000-a-year tax credit for special education students whose parents enroll them in private school.
North Carolina is the eighth state to allow such a credit, said Darrell Allison, head of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina. The group worked for the new law and sponsored Tuesday night's educational forum for parents and school directors.
There was time at the beginning of the forum for reps from disability advocacy groups, House members (and former member Laura Wiley) to bask in the crowd's appreciation and make speeches.
Rep. Marcus Brandon, a High Point Democrat, gushed from the stage about the work of Majority Leader Paul Stam, the Apex Republican who worked for years to get the tax credit passed.
"My leader over here," said Brandon, pointing to Stam in the audience, before describing Stam as the "leader on the Republican side."