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Brief | Opportunity Scholarships and the schools that receive them

The NC Senate recently voted to give a total of $632 million for taxpayer-funded private school vouchers to families of all income levels in 2024-25.

HB823/SB406 appropriates an additional $248 million for the coming school year to the Opportunity Scholarship Fund, on top of the $384.5 million that was already appropriated for the 2024-25 school year. The bill also appropriates an additional $215 million to grant fund reserves, meaning that, in total, nearly $1 billion would be appropriated to the Opportunity Scholarship Program in 24-25.

This will give taxpayer-funded private school vouchers to every family that applied, regardless of their income level, for the 24-25 school year. Over half of families who would receive taxpayer dollars to attend private schools make over $115,400, including 18% who make over $259,000 per year.

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