NC Supreme Court seeks quick decision on whether private-school scholarships constitutional

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — North Carolina's Supreme Court will speed up a decision on the constitutionality of a new statewide program that allows low-income public school children to use taxpayer money for tuition at private and religious schools.

The high court ruled Friday that it will allow a lawsuit challenging the new law to skip the normal route and go to straight to it.

State money is already flowing to families whose children this year began attending private schools under the Opportunity Scholarships program.

A Superior Court judge ruled in August that the program violates the state constitution because religious schools can discriminate based on faith. The judge also said there are no requirements that privately run K-12 schools meet state curriculum standards.

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