Comply with the Constitution.’ Judge gives NC a deadline to increase school funding

A North Carolina judge is giving state lawmakers until mid-October to fully fund a plan for improving public education or else he’ll take direct action.

Last week, Superior Court Judge David Lee (Republican) stated that he was “very disheartened” that the proposed budgets of the state House and Senate are funding a small part of what is needed to provide a sound basic education for North Carolina students. 

With a statewide bus driver shortage, teacher shortage and parents supplying classrooms, the long-term effects caused by Republicans underfunding schools and underpaying educators is rearing its head. 

By continuing to violate the constitutional rights of students, Republican lawmakers are signaling that they are fine with denying students the quality education necessary to succeed, refusing well trained and properly paid teachers in every classroom, disregarding bus drivers, nurses, counselors and other personnel in schools, and ignoring local schools’ need for adequate resources.

Bottom Line: 

As an editorial puts it: “It is unclear why legislative leaders are continuing to deny students with the education they’re owed. Nor is it clear why they would spark a constitutional crisis just to deny students the resources necessary to succeed. But that is the path legislative leaders have taken. And that – not any legal theory – is the real crisis facing North Carolina’s schools”.

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Alanna Joyner

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