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EVERY CHILD HAS THE RIGHT TO A SOUND BASIC EDUCATION

(Leandro v. State of North Carolina, 346 N.C. 336 (1997)

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LEANDRO V STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, 1997, 2004

Research found, that students in high-poverty schools and districts are far less likely to receive a sound basic education than those

in wealthier and better resourced schools. During the course of

the 25 year old school funding case known as Leandro, the North Carolina Supreme Court has  made clear that it is the state that bears responsibility for fulfilling the constitutional obligation to guard and maintain the right of every North Carolina child to

receive a “sound basic education.”

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Take advantage of an incredible opportunity to make a difference. Join us every month to take action, spread awareness and contribute to a truly important cause-sound basic education FOR OUR FORSYTH COUNTY CHILDREN

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FEB

Leandro Plan: Past, present and what’s next?


MAR

Leandro Plan: What’s in it for Black Students + Forsyth Community Schools


APR

Leandro Town Hall
WHAT IS LEANDRO V STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA?

The Leandro case started in 1994, when school districts in five low-wealth North Carolina counties and families sued the state, claiming that children were not receiving the same level of educational opportunities as students in higher-income counties. the North Carolina Supreme Court has repeatedly acknowledged these educational inequities and ruled that it is the state's responsibility for fulfilling the constitutional obligation to guard and maintain the right of every North Carolina child to receive a “sound basic education.” (Leandro v. State of North Carolina, 346 N.C. 336 (1997).)

WHY IS LEANDRO CASE SO SIGNIFICANT TO NC PUBLIC SCHOOLS?

The Leandro case affirmed that inequitable and inadequate school funding bars access to a sound, basic public education, particularly for students of color and those from families with low incomes. The NC Supreme Court allowed the case to go to trial in 1997.

WHAT IS THE LEANDRO PLAN?

On March 15, 2021, the comprehensive remedial plan in the long-running Leandro court case was submitted to the Superior Court. This is the plan that is intended to address how North Carolina can meet its obligation to provide the opportunity for a sound, basic education to all students in the state.

November 5, 2022 - The NC Supreme Court upheld the Nov 2021 ruling requiring the state to fund the Leandro Plan and ruling that officials can be ordered to transfer funds, meeting their own constitutional obligations.

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WHAT DOES LEANDRO PLAN DO FOR OUR CHILDREN?

In 2018, Judge David Lee, ordered WestEd, an independent educational consultant to analyze North Carolina’s school funding history, outcomes and structure and recommend ways for the state to comply with the Leandro rulings. The report focuses on eight critical needs:

LEANDRO PLAN

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Finance + resource allocation

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 A qualified + well-prepared teacher in every classroom

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A qualified + well-prepared principal in every school

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Early childhood education

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High-poverty schools

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State assessment system + school accountability system

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Regional + statewide supports for school improvement

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Finance + resource allocation

TAKE ACTION

The North Carolina General Assembly makes the policy and budget decisions for North Carolina public schools. Schools can’t provide what our children need without adequate funding and North Carolina has BILLIONS in unused revenue.

 

But we can’t afford to deny our children their most basic right-

SOUND BASIC EDUCATION 

 

Click below to tell the North Carolina General Assembly: I support the Leandro Plan!

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