school funding


Leandro: Stuck in reverse

BY: - November 6, 2023

The governor is shaking hands with teachers in the school library

Governor Cooper allocates $3 million in federal funding to help aspiring NC teachers

BY: - June 9, 2023

After touring Garner Magnet High School on Thursday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that the state of North Carolina will be allotting $3 million in federal funding to the group TeachNC to help aspiring teachers. The funds are intended to cover the costs of licensure exams and exam preparation for those entering the profession in North […]

New Leandro judge sets hearing to determine what’s owed state’s school children

BY: - March 10, 2023

The judge overseeing the long running Leandro school funding lawsuit has given attorneys in the case until March 15 to file briefs on proposed funding amounts before deciding next steps in the case. Superior Court Judge James Ammons of Cumberland County was appointed to the nearly three-decades old case by Chief Justice Paul Newby in December. […]

NC ranks 48th in school funding. Education advocacy group says it’s high time for lawmakers to fix that problem.

BY: - February 2, 2023

North Carolina’s ranking as the best state in the nation to do business doesn’t square with its rank near the bottom of states —  48th — in public school expenditures, Mary Ann Wolf, president and CEO of Public School Forum of North Carolina said Tuesday. When adjusted for regional cost differences, the Tar Heel state is dead last in school funding effort, Wolf said during the public school advocacy group's annual "Eggs and Issues Breakfast" in Raleigh. More than 400 educators, lawmakers and public school advocates attended the event.

‘Bad Santa’ 2022

BY: - December 19, 2022


The future of voter ID, new marriage protections for same-sex and interracial couples, and a rather testy legislative hearing: The week’s top stories on Policy Watch

BY: - December 18, 2022

In this issue: 1. NC Supreme Court issues much-anticipated rulings on voter ID, gerrymandering, and a Confederate statue The North Carolina Supreme Court handed down more than two dozen rulings on Friday, including a trio dealing with high-profile political controversies. The rulings come just weeks before Republicans Richard Dietz and Trey Allen replace sitting Democratic […]


Two new reports confirm gross inadequacy of North Carolina’s public school funding

BY: - December 15, 2022

North Carolina’s school funding system is among the worst in the nation, according to two new reports from the nation’s leading school finance experts. New reports from the Albert Shanker Institute (ASI) and the Education Law Center (ELC) assess every state’s school funding systems across multiple quality measures. Both reports reach the same conclusion: North […]


The best editorial of the weekend

BY: - October 17, 2022

In case you missed it, be sure to check out the lead Saturday Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial on that calls on state lawmakers to honor the memory of the late state Superior Court Judge David Lee. As Policy Watch reporter Greg Childress reported last week, Judge Lee, who long presided over the landmark Leandro […]

Judge David Lee, who oversaw the Leandro school funding case, has died

BY: - October 10, 2022

Superior Court Judge David Lee, who oversaw the state’s long-running Leandro school funding lawsuit, has died. He was 73. According to an obituary posted online by Gordon Funeral Service and Crematory, Judge Lee died at his home Oct, 4 from complications due to cancer. A memorial service is scheduled for Oct. 22 at First Baptist […]

State Supreme Court asked to direct NC lawmakers to fully fund Leandro education plan

BY: - September 1, 2022

After 28 years of legal wrangling, North Carolina’s lawmakers continue to fail children by not adequately funding public schools, lawyers for the plaintiffs in the long-running Leandro school funding case told the State Supreme Court on Wednesday.

As kids head back to class, NC lawmakers told to ‘cut the check’ and fully fund public schools (with photo gallery)

BY: - August 29, 2022

Education advocates from across the state converged on Raleigh’s Halifax Mall Saturday to urge legislative leaders to fully fund the Leandro plan for low-wealth school districts. The long-running lawsuit will be back before the North Carolina Supreme Court this Wednesday, with advocates hopeful the court will order lawmakers to fund the Leandro Comprehensive Remedial Plan […]