RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Both supporters and opponents of House Bill 2 agree North Carolina cannot afford to lose the billions of federal education money at stake over the new law.
It’s possible more than $4 billion in federal money is on the line with HB2.
Kellie Fiedorek is an attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom and says North Carolina schools need that money.
“If these schools lose that funding that will deprive children the ability to receive an education of their choice,” she said.
Fiedorek is helping sue the federal government in the name of North Carolina students.
“It’s inappropriate for the federal government to tell states and to tell students your funding, we’ll only give you funding if you share restrooms with members of the opposite sex,” said Fiedorek.
She says HB2 is about maintaining children’s privacy and the federal government is over-stepping its boundaries.
“North Carolina is already hurting in that respect and if they lose more funding it’s going to harm these kids,” said Fiedorek.
That’s something teachers agree on; even teachers who are against HB2.
“As it stands now, we struggle with really basic things at our school,” said Alyssa Putt, teacher.
Putt was at an anti-HB2 rally Wednesday. She says she has been making the trip to Raleigh from Durham, where she teaches, over the last five weeks to protest HB2.
She says she’ll continue making the trip until HB2 is repealed.
“Honestly, embarrassed their willing to spend more tax payer money to defend something they’ve been told is unconstitutional,” said Putt.
Putt and Fiedorek may be on opposite ends of the argument, but they both agree losing billions of dollars in federal education money is something North Carolina cannot afford.