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Cooper joins brief backing UNC in SCOTUS race-based admissions case

Gov. Roy Cooper and nine other Southern Democrat governors, present and past, signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief in support of UNC Chapel Hill and Harvard in a U.S. Supreme Court case regarding their “race-conscious admissions” policies. Four of the 10 signers were from N.C., and included former Govs. Mike Easley, Jim Hunt, and Bev Perdue. 

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All sides in Leandro agree: They need more time to argue before N.C. Supreme Court

There’s one point of unanimous agreement among the competing parties in the Leandro school funding lawsuit. They all want more time to argue before the N.C. Supreme Court this month. Oral arguments are scheduled Aug. 31. A joint application filed Thursday asks the court to extend its traditional one-hour oral argument session by 30 minutes....

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Phonics-based reading is helping kids catch up in post-pandemic classrooms

North Carolina comes out on top nationwide as the state catching up the fastest with early reading skills post-pandemic, according to N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt. She made the announcement Tuesday at the N.C. Council of State meeting.

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Lawyer for ‘business leaders’ denies misrepresentation of NC Chamber’s position on Leandro

A lawyer representing a group of N.C. “business leaders” denies that the group ever tried to misrepresent the NC Chamber’s support for plaintiffs in the long-running Leandro school funding lawsuit. The group has amended a friend-of-the-court brief to the N.C. Supreme Court.

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Locke, NCICL urge N.C. Supreme Court to rule Leandro forced money transfer ‘unconstitutional’

The N.C. Supreme Court should reject a trial judge’s decision to move hundreds of millions of dollars out of the state treasury to pay for education-related expenses. That’s the key argument in a brief submitted by the John Locke Foundation and N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law.

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NC Chamber official blasts ‘business leaders’ for misleading error in Leandro brief

The state’s largest business lobbying group is crying foul at tactics employed by a group of “business leaders” supporting plaintiffs in the long-running Leandro school funding lawsuit. A letter from the NC Chamber’s general counsel delivered Tuesday to the N.C. Supreme Court accuses the “business leaders” of misrepresentation.

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Legislative leaders, Leandro plaintiffs clash over court-ordered N.C. education spending

Less than a month before the N.C. Supreme Court takes its latest look at the long-running Leandro school funding lawsuit, state legislative leaders and Leandro plaintiffs are unveiling their competing arguments. Those arguments arrive in new briefs filed Monday with the state's highest court.

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New state controller urges N.C. Supreme Court to reject Leandro forced money transfer

State government’s new controller is asking the N.C. Supreme Court to jettison a proposed forced transfer of $785 million out of the state treasury for court-ordered education purposes. Acting Controller Nels Roseland’s request arrived Monday as parties in the long-running Leandro lawsuit submitted their latest round of briefs in the case. Roseland took over the...

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More than 50 N.C. business, political figures back brief supporting Leandro plaintiffs

Self-proclaimed “recognized leaders in the North Carolina business community” are jumping into the Leandro school funding debate. They filed paperwork Wednesday in the N.C. Supreme Court to support plaintiffs seeking court-ordered education funding.

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