Job Creators Network, is funding a billboard campaign in North Carolina criticizing Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposal to freeze and eventually phase out funding for the popular Opportunity Scholarship Program.
The Opportunity Scholarship provides eligible students up to $4,200 to attend the private school of their choice. In 2018, about 9,600 students received Opportunity Scholarships. Opportunity Scholarships were developed as a means of helping low income and minority students get a better education. According the State Education Assistance Authority, the state agency that administers the program, 31 percent of 2019-20 applicants were black.
A recent survey of nearly 1,500 families whose children receive the Opportunity Scholarship, reported that 97 percent of parents were happy with their child’s academic progress and 97 percent of parents said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the Opportunity Scholarship Program.
So why does Gov. Cooper want to phase out and eventually eliminate the Opportunity Scholarship Program? Like most progressives, Cooper believes the state should control education and he doesn’t trust parents to make a good choice for their child’s education.
Because they limit educational opportunity for some of the neediest students, the Governor’s actions have angered many.
Job Creators has three billboards in the Raleigh area. The billboards ask viewers to sign a petition and visit the web site CooperGetsAnF.com for additional information.