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The latest Leandro hearing at the North Carolina Supreme Court

The North Carolina Supreme Court building is seen.
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The North Carolina Supreme Court building.

This Thursday, the North Carolina Supreme Court will consider whether the state needs to pay about $700 million to fund education improvements in the Tarheel State as ordered by a trial court.

The school funding case, known as the Leandro case, has been in the courts for nearly three decades now, when school districts in low-wealth areas of the state sued, alleging they weren’t receiving the same quality of education as other areas.

Since then, the state Supreme Court has ruled multiple times that North Carolina is violating its constitutional obligation for a “sound basic education” for every child.

Now the case is back in court, after an appeal from N.C. Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore, who question the authority of a judge to order the state to pay.

We’ll hear the history of this 30-year-old case, what the opposing sides of the argument are saying, and what’s at stake.


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Charlotte Talks Executive Producer Wendy Herkey has been with WFAE since 1998, beginning in the membership department, and has been on the Charlotte Talks staff since 1999.