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Join Lynn Edmonds, Outreach Director of Public Schools First North Carolina, to understand the current state of public education policy in North Carolina, learn about the Leandro court case and the recent WestEd report, and about the opportunity it presents for parents, educators, advocates and policymakers. Whether or not you have children in the school system a strong public education system is essential to the health and vibrancy of the community.
For over 20 years, the state of North Carolina has been violating the constitutional rights of its children by failing to ensure the universal opportunity to a sound basic education that was upheld in the Leandro v. State case. In response to this inaction, Judge David Lee, ordered an independent nonpartisan study. An educational consulting group, WestEd, was hired in 2017 to collect data and make policy and funding recommendations to the Leandro parties and the court.
In December 2019, this game-changing report was released to the public by WestEd, which found that, “…the state is further away from meeting its constitutional obligation to provide every child with the opportunity for a sound basic education [today] than it was when the Supreme Court of North Carolina issued the Leandro decision more than 20 years ago.”
Acting on this report, the N.C. Superior Court has required that the state report back by the end of March on the steps they will take in 2020 to remedy the identified constitutional deficiencies.
Call to Action:
We have our best opportunity in years to bring about critically needed changes to public education. The N.C. Justice Center is assembling a community coalition of education advocates and education and social justice organizations to respond to the findings in this report and encourage our lawmakers to act with urgency. This coalition group is launching in mid-March. State legislators will be under intense pressure when the legislative session begins again on April 28 to enact extensive and meaningful education policy reforms. We must work together now as public education advocates to demand that legislators implement the recommendations in the report to their fullest extent.
Get the most up to date information and find out how you can take action to ensure state law makers meet their constitutional obligation and implement meaningful education reform in the 2020 legislative session.