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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.”

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).)

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.

WHY will the LEANDRO plan Serve my local community in forsyth county?
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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

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Earlier this year, Action4Equity and statewide partners issued a call to action.

The hearing was scheduled for the morning of Thursday, February 22, and a DAY OF ACTION as it was called, included a rally, a march, and a press conference in front of the State Supreme Court building. 

This event was covered by some of the following news outlets:

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