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    Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education meets today

    Governor Cooper’s Commission on Access to Sound Basic Education meets today. The mission of the group is to “assess the State of North Carolina’s ability to staff schools with competent, well-trained teachers and principals and the State’s commitment of resources to public education.”  Let’s face it.  The mission of…
    Terry Stoops, November 30, 2017
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    Leandro: The Neverending Story

    According to the News & Observer, the Leandro court case is alive and well. Signaling a new era in a long-running public school lawsuit, the two sides in the landmark Leandro case on Monday requested an independent consultant to suggest additional steps to the state to improve education for…
    Terry Stoops, July 25, 2017
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    Leandro hearing revelation: Long-term subs unconstitutional

    For the next few days, Superior Court Judge Howard Manning will hear testimony related to the Leandro v. State court case, which deals with the state’s constitutional obligation to provide a “sound, basic education” to all public school students. According to Alex Granados of EducationNC, Judge Manning declared…
    Terry Stoops, July 21, 2015
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    N.C. Appeals Court ruling on pre-k order

    As Mitch pointed out, the N.C. Appeals Court upheld Superior Court Judge Howard Manning’s order to provide pre-kindergarten education to all “at risk” four-year-old children.  No suprise there.  But one of the concluding paragraphs is worth noting. Additionally, we would like to emphasize that while MAF was the remedy…
    Terry Stoops, August 21, 2012
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    The Pre-K crystal ball

    The editors of the News & Observer crack me up. In their latest missive, they insist that state legislators should have seen Judge Howard Manning’s ruling on pre-kindergarten programs “from miles away.”  Really?  If it is was so obvious, then why didn’t the editors of the N&O see…
    Terry Stoops, August 9, 2011
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    More on the Manning mess

    Apparently, my discussion of Judge Howard Manning’s court order generated some misunderstanding.  So here are a few additional thoughts: 1. I do not condone judicial activism, even when the judge is a Republican like Manning.  I think I have made that clear.  Thus, I am (and will never…
    Terry Stoops, July 19, 2011
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    Judge Manning speaketh

    Here we go again. Judge Howard Manning, who oversees the Leandro school-adequacy lawsuit, issued an order that requires the NC General Assembly to revise a budget provision that caps at-risk student enrollment in state pre-kindergarten programs at 20 percent. This is a HUGE blow to the Leandro plaintiffs, who…
    Terry Stoops, July 18, 2011
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    Reflections on day one of the Manning hearing

    Yesterday, Judge Howard Manning conducted hearings on issues related to the Leandro school adequacy case. The News & Observer focused their report on a co-payment requirement for families who enroll their children in pre-kindergarten programs.  Of course, there wasn’t much talk about Section 10.7 (h) of the budget,…
    Terry Stoops, June 23, 2011