In a 4-3 decision on Friday, the State Supreme Court upheld the original trial court order from Judge David Lee that the state must transfer the money necessary to fund years two and three of the Leandro Comprehensive Remedial Plan.
"For a quarter-century, the judiciary has deferred to the executive and legislative branches to remedy this statewide constitutional violation. Yet overwhelming evidence clearly demonstrates that it persists today," the ruling states.
The plan was the trial court's attempt to bring the state in compliance with its constitutional duty on education in a case that has been going since the 1990s.
"This Court calls upon the parties to imagine a future in which all North Carolina children receive the opportunity to a sound basic education, then honor their constitutional oaths by working together to make that future real," the Supreme Court ruling states.
Read the Supreme Court ruling here. Read more about Leandro here.
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