Myrtle Grove Christian School in Wilmington, N.C., will not accept state-funded private school vouchers, Head of School Stacey Miller said.
According to the Huffington Post, the statement came less than a month after the school adopted a controversial “Biblical morality” admissions policy, requiring student’s families to promise they won’t support or take part in a gay lifestyle.
"Myrtle Grove Christian School does not receive government funding or enroll students under any voucher program, and we will not be accepting Opportunity Scholarships next year," Miller said in an emailed statement. "While we are grateful that this new program will enable more parents in North Carolina to make the school choices that they believe are best for their children, Myrtle Grove will continue to make scholarship opportunities available solely through private funding sources."
In November, the school announced that it was revising its admissions policy, which will go into effect for the 2014-15 school year, to give it the right to refuse admission of an applicant who lives in a home with "sexual immorality, including homosexuality and bisexual activity."
Public school students from low-income families qualify to receive the tuition vouchers, which grant students up to $4,200 to pay for private school tuition. Myrtle Grove Christian School tuition ranges from $2,160 for pre-kindergarten students to $6,300 for middle schoolers, the Huffington Post reported.
Parents at the school and members of the community who criticized Myrtle Grove’s new policy have requested meetings and protests since the announcement was made. A Facebook page, “Boycott Myrtle Grove Christian School,” has also been created by opponents.
The Progressive Pulse notes that the decision caught the attention of gay rights group Equality N.C., which said schools with similar policies shouldn't be able to accept state vouchers, such as the “Opportunity Scholarship” program.
“This latest Equality NC campaign is yet another example of homosexual activists attempting to force their agenda upon the people of North Carolina, even if it means trampling the First Amendment rights of Christian schools and families in the process,” John L. Rustin, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council, said.