I was disappointed to learn recently that the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Board of Education decided to join a lawsuit that would prevent working-class parents from participating in the Opportunity Scholarship Program, an initiative that provides scholarships to children from these families to attend private school. I state that it is disappointing because, according to the state Department of Public Instruction, only 24.5 percent of kids from low-income families in Elizabeth City-Pasquotank schools are considered “proficient” in math and reading. This means only one out of every four economically disadvantaged students met basic standards in their zoned public school.
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