Press ReleaseMay 9, 2019

Billboard Campaign: Governor Cooper Gets an “F” on Helping Students

New Billboard Campaign Targets North Carolina Governor Cooper's Decision to Reduce Funding for the State’s School Voucher Program

Washington, D.C. (May 9, 2019)—Today, the Job Creators Network launched a billboard campaign targeting Governor Roy Cooper’s decision to freeze funding for—and eventually phase out—the state’s Opportunity Scholarship Program.

Opportunity scholarships provide low-income and minority students with up to $4,200 to attend a private school of their choice. In 2019 alone, almost 10,000 scholarships have already been awarded. The billboards state: “Gov. Cooper is Failing When it Comes to Helping Minority Students.” It also urges North Carolinians to call their Governor to ask him to restore full funding to the program so that students from all backgrounds continue to have the opportunity to succeed.

The billboards feature a website ( where concerned citizens and parents can sign a petition asking Governor Cooper to restore funding for these scholarships. The campaign also includes digital ads throughout the state.

You can view the billboard here:

“Governor Cooper owes the almost 10,000 students who benefit from school vouchers an explanation as to why he’s decided to reduce their chances for success,” said Alfredo Ortiz, JCN President and CEO. “If North Carolina hopes to remain competitive, it must give the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs access to the best education possible. Instead of pandering to the whims of the state’s teachers unions, Governor Cooper should focus on what’s best for students.”