The NAACP is calling school vouchers an attempt at segregating schools.
The group held a news conference about court cases involving vouchers and
the state's new voter identification law Tuesday.
Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled Friday that awarding
annual grants of up to $4,200 a year per student violated the state
constitution. More than 4,000 families had applied for the grants that were
scheduled to be awarded next month.
On Tuesday, the Rev. William Barber, the NAACP president, said vouchers are an
attempt at re-segregation and a return to the 1950s.
He said his organization's opposition to vouchers and voter ID are tied
The NAACP is one of several groups seeking a similar halt against a
requirement to have a photo ID to vote. The federal government has also
announced it will sue North Carolina over the matter.
A federal judge wants more information this week before deciding whether
legislators can ignore subpoenas in the case.
"You suppress the right to vote, then you get extremists in your
legislature that then turn around and undermine and destroy people's constitutional
right to public education," Barber said. "It's the same actors. It's the same
people. The same people suppressing the right to vote are the same people now
trying to suppress the opportunity for public education."
Sen. Phil Berger and Speaker Thom Tillis could not be reached for comment