Two takeaways here - "nonpublic" and "income-based."
To say that the left strongly objects to this program would be extremely charitable. On the state level, they continue launching legislative and legal challenges to take away opportunities for poor families to have an alternative to a failing public school.
Keith Poston - now head of the Wake Education Partnership - hosted televised interviews attacking the program. In a 2018 interview, Poston attacked school choice and competition. In this 2017 News & Observer op-ed Poston regurgitates progressive talking points on opportunity scholarships. Bob Luebke with the Civitas Institute addressed these faulty assumptions.
“This is not a cost parents planned on,” said Keith Poston, president of WakeEd Partnership. It’s been very difficult for parents trying to go to their workplaces or work from home while juggling their children’s virtual-learning schedules, he said. This new program will give them some relief, he said.
Poston references Wake County's new "WakeSUPPORTS" program. "WakeSUPPORTS provides funding to working parents, so they can afford to pay for their kindergartners through sixth graders to attend virtual school at a safe location with reliable oversight, or receive before and after school care."
"What type of childcare facilities or organizations qualify for WakeSupports coverage?
Licensed childcare facilities and unlicensed community-based organizations (CBO) that are registered with the N.C. Division of Child Development and Early Education are eligible to participate in this program."
Yes, you are correct. That means that Wake County Public tax dollars could go to private/religious organizations - and with the full support of the progressive Democrat Wake County Commissioners.
“COVID-19 has already stretched household budgets thin, and we don’t want parents to have to choose between earning a living and giving their children the care they need,” said Greg Ford, chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, in a news release. “That’s why today we’re launching a new program called WakeSUPPORTS – to make it easier to afford child care and remote learning supervision.”
No difference between this and opportunity scholarships - just political posturing from the left.