Low-Income Schools Blame Lack Of Funding On Low Test Scores

Attorneys for some low-income school districts in North Carolina say the state has abandoned its commitment to provide all children with a good education.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the lawyers want a hearing in August and a detailed plan from the state on how it will comply with the basic education requirements outlined in two Supreme Court decisions.

Lawyers for the five schools, which have sued over funding, blame years of budget cuts and abandoned programs for low test scores.

A spokeswoman for Senate leader Phil Berger says four of the five school districts in the case receive more than the statewide average in funding. Amy Auth says if money was the only factor, the students would have higher scores.