N.C. Appeals Court gives Cleveland County school system a reprieve in charter school funding dispute

A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals reversed a trial court’s decision to force the Cleveland County school system to pay three charter schools a total of more than $100,000 in a funding dispute. The appellate judges sent the case back to the trial court to apply a different standard in determining how much, if any, of $57,000 originally awarded to the charter schools should be upheld. The appellate judges threw out $47,000 in attorneys’ fees awarded to the charter schools.

Among other opinions released this morning from the Court of Appeals:

  • A unanimous three-judge panel affirmed a ruling from the N.C. Industrial Commission favoring the state in a suit alleging that the Gaston County medical examiner negligently failed to perform his duties in a 2005 case.
  • A unanimous three-judge panel affirmed a trial court’s ruling against the state in a dispute over broken leases for the departments of Administration and Health and Human Services.
  • A unanimous three-judge panel reversed a trial court and favored Boone in a longstanding zoning dispute involving a proposed medical clinic in a residential neighborhood.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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