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A record-breaking 72,000 families applied for state funding this year to attend private schools, exceeding the available $293.5 million in funding.

Applications for vouchers closed March 1st.

Lawmakers expanded the Opportunity Scholarship program, removing income restrictions and allowing any family to apply, resulting in a 500% increase in applications.

The NC State Education Assistance Authority will conduct a lottery to allocate vouchers, with priority given to renewing recipients and families in lower income tiers.

Supporters advocate for increased funding, while Gov. Roy Cooper calls for a moratorium on expansion to prioritize public schools.

In 2023, North Carolina became the 10th state to enact universal school choice.