In what will be a landmark quality-of-education lawsuit in August, attorneys will ask for a complete and detailed plan from the North Carolina State Board of Education, which will include timetables for their plan to bring schools into compliance with the basic education mandate from former Supreme Court rulings.
As of now, 56% of all school children in the state are in danger of academic failure. Attorneys for low-income North Carolina schools say that the state has abandoned its commitment to providing students a sound education. The lawyers cite lowering of school budgets, too many low-scoring students, and programs which have been disposed according to Jane Stancill, reporter for the News Observer.
Many of the initiatives, which were mandated in 2008, have been done away with by the state’s schools. The case’s overseeing judge, Howard Manning, has written a letter in which he states that “way too many thousands of school children have not received an adequate education”. Although he is waiting for end-of-school test scores and ACT scores, the Wake County superior judge has issued a warning:
“Notwithstanding the results of these assessments, the State of North Carolina cannot ‘cut and run’ from the results by reducing standards and deleting the assessments because they do not bring good news,” Manning wrote in his report. “The children of North Carolina have a constitutional right to a sound basic education and the adults who are paid and charged with the responsibility of providing that education in every school and classroom have no valid right to cover up the results of their failure to provide that opportunity, parents and the public included.”