Judge Watching NC Schools Closely

The judge who is overseeing a long-running court case on school quality says he's pleased with the progress North Carolina has made in reforming its poor schools.

Judge Howard Manning warned in March that he might close 19 of
the state's poor-performing high schools unless state officials
made changes to improve them, including firing the principals.

At a hearing Friday in Raleigh, Manning said he's happy with the
work so far, but could still close schools if he sees inadequate

Manning has warned state leaders for about two years that dozens
of high schools fall short of a state constitutional requirement that all students receive adequate educational opportunities.

These are the 19 poorly performing high schools that Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Junior has threatened to close.

Alamance: H.M. Cummings
Anson: Anson
Bertie: Bertie
Charlotte-Mecklenburg: Garinger, Waddell, West Charlotte, West
Cumberland: E.E. Smith
Durham: Hillside, Southern
Forsyth: Carver
Halifax: Northwest Halifax, Southeast Halifax
Hertford: Hertford County
Guilford: Dudley, Ben Smith
Northampton: Northampton West
Washington: Plymouth
Wayne: Goldsboro