A contingent of Democratic lawmakers and education officials held a news conference at the Legislative Building on Wednesday to decry a proposal to give corporations a tax break for contributing money to low-income students to move from public to private schools.
Rep. Rick Glazier, a Democrat from Fayetteville, said Democrats in the House and Senate “will do everything conceivable to fight this bill.” He said it was part of a larger conservative agenda to push private schools that would lead to the “destruction of public education as we know it in North Carolina.”
William Harrison, chairman of the state Board of Education, said the tax-credit bill puts “private interests above the common good” and funnels state money into private enterprise. He said it was part of a progression of legislation that in a few years would lead to offering private school vouchers to everyone.
“We’ve slipped a major policy issue into a budget bill,” Harrison said. “That seems to be the method of doing things in Raleigh these days.”