Leandro mandate

Running in place

BY: - October 25, 2021

Monday Numbers: A closer look at deadline day for the Leandro public schools mandate

BY: - October 18, 2021

It’s now been nearly a quarter-century since the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled in the landmark Leandro lawsuit that state leaders were violating the constitutional rights of thousands of schoolchildren – particularly in the state’s poorest counties – by failing to provide them with access to a sound basic education.

Public education advocates Letha Muhammad and Sarah Montgomery with the latest on Leandro

BY: - October 18, 2021

Public education advocates Letha Muhammad and Sarah Montgomery discuss the growing grassroots effort to convince the state legislature to comply with a state court order to provide every child in North Carolina with the opportunity to receive a sound basic education.


NC schoolchildren deserve better than childish excuses

BY: - October 1, 2021

“You can’t make me.” All of us have heard this taunt at some point during our childhood. “You can’t make me” says so much in four short words. It says, “I have the power, not you.” It says, “your interests are far less important than mine.” It’s a statement that’s selfish and demeans the less powerful.

Push to comply with Leandro mandate for state’s schools gains momentum

BY: - September 29, 2021

Showdown with resistant General Assembly looms as gubernatorial commission urges implementation of court-approved plan Flush with cash, the state of North Carolina owes its children “nothing less” than a fully funded Leandro Comprehensive Remedial Plan, the Governor's Commission on Access to a Sound Basic Education unanimously agreed Tuesday.


As judicial-legislative collision looms, path forward in providing NC students with a constitutional education is clear

BY: - September 13, 2021

A momentous clash between North Carolina’s General Assembly and the state’s judicial system looks to be coming to a head. At stake is the ability of the state’s public schools to meet the needs of all students – specifically, those students who live in communities where the proper financing of schools can be an overwhelming challenge.

Several days late and billions of dollars short: Another untimely and inadequate budget takes shape at the General Assembly

BY: - August 17, 2021

The North Carolina House finally approved a proposed budget bill last week for the fiscal year that began six weeks ago. Now comes a period of negotiation with the Senate, which passed its version a few weeks before, and after that one hopes, some measure of legitimate give and take with Gov. Cooper.

Democrats challenge education spending, substantive law changes as House GOP rolls out proposed budget

BY: - August 11, 2021

House Democrats during a committee meeting Tuesday questioned the lack of full funding for programs needed to comply with a consent order in the long-running court case on public education.   The questions arose as the House budget committee went through details of the $25.7 billion proposal unveiled by the body's Republican majority. More debate is expected Wednesday and Thursday before the House votes on the plan.

After nearly a quarter-century, will NC courts finally order lawmakers to comply with education mandate?

BY: - July 7, 2021

Despite 1997 Leandro ruling, many NC K-12 students are not receiving the "sound basic education" the constitution guarantees them If North Carolina lawmakers want to see what could happen if they don’t comply with a court order to adequately fund public schools, they can look to the state of Washington.


No more excuses for lawmakers when it comes to public schools

BY: - July 1, 2021

Veteran civil rights attorney explains why the General Assembly must comply with a court order to adequately fund public education Recently, state Superior Court Judge David Lee issued the latest order in the Leandro v. State lawsuit. The judge directed the state to remedy the longstanding violation of the constitutional right of North Carolina public school children to a “sound basic education” ...

NC pastor: The legislature’s plan to expand school vouchers must be rejected

BY: - April 14, 2021

While the attention of most North Carolina parents and educators remains focused on getting children back inside classrooms as safely and quickly as possible, the General Assembly is, unfortunately, trying to push through yet another expansion of the Opportunity Scholarship school voucher program.

Must read: Education reform advocates respond to state’s proposed plan to comply with the Leandro mandate for NC public schools

BY: - March 16, 2021

News item:  Yesterday, the state defendants in the long running Leandro school finance case submitted a comprehensive plan to Judge David Lee that details how North Carolina proposes, at long last, to comply with the state Supreme Court’s 1997 ruling that every student in the state has a constitutional right to a “sound basic education.”