NC Judge Orders Hearing On Education Funding Cuts

A judge monitoring a lawsuit over whether every child in North Carolina gets a sound education has ordered a hearing next month to decide if school funding cuts proposed by lawmakers will harm students too much.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard E. Manning Jr. said in an order obtained by The News & Observer of Raleigh that even in this tough economic environment, legislators must make sure education gets enough money to meet the needs of children.

Manning set the hearing for June 22 in Wake County.

This isn't the first time Manning has expressed concern over changes in the state's education policy. In February, he wrote a memo to Republican lawmakers that was mostly ignored, saying cutting certain high school tests could violate the public school rulings.


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  • by Tyee Location: Hyde county on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:24 AM
    How much education did Abraham Lincoln have ---- and how did he get it. How did he get to be President of the United States with about one year of school? He got his the easy way --by reading books by his fireplace. Compare his desire to learn with the students in our educational system. To the teachers, keep signing your songs, we, the public know the definition of motivation and the value of reading books. Finally, he would jump on a tree stump and taught himself how to give a good speech. By my standards, one of the greatest presidents we have had.
  • by Justice on May 30, 2011 at 05:39 PM
    25million for a fishing pier, untold millions for the transpark, 25 million for a failed theather, millions here and there just spent for what those big politicians want in their districts. NOW we want more taxes?!? NO WAY!!! How about we take the property of these politicians who voted to wasted all this money over the years, and auction it off!!!
  • by Anonymous on May 30, 2011 at 07:29 AM
    I'm all for the judge making a ruling. Just require him/her to specify what IS going to be cut instead of the proposed education spending cuts. Many people need to wake up and realize we can not just keep spending on anything and everything.
  • by Tom Location: Goldsboro on May 30, 2011 at 07:04 AM
    Take this power from this Judge....
  • by Kane on May 30, 2011 at 06:34 AM
    You all realize that North Carolina is the LEAST unionized state in the union. So, all of these comments about unions affecting life in North Carolina makes no real sense. There is no education union. Yes, NCAE is part of larger organization that is a union but NCAE has no real teeth. It advises, gives or takes away support, but as far as calling strikes and the like it can't do it. Make cuts and keep the penny tax.
  • by Advanced Pest Control Location: Ayden on May 30, 2011 at 03:10 AM
    If a Wake County judge rules on a state-wide issue, how is his ruling relevant? Secondly, any ruling to spend more on unions really ought to be accompanied by a deduction from his salary.
  • by Henry Location: Greenville on May 29, 2011 at 08:29 PM
    As a staunch Republican, I say eliminate free education in North Carolina. Can't pay for your education, then go to work. The poor are the takers who live off the rich makers. We mustv stop subsidizing the parasites of society.
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      by Anonymous on May 30, 2011 at 03:55 AM in reply to Henry
      It was so much better in the 1800's.
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        by Sick and Tired on May 30, 2011 at 06:08 AM in reply to
        WOW!! you must be old. Free education is a bonus to society as a whole. BUT only if those in school put forth actual effort to learn and not just use it as a place to have victims of crime corraled and threatened with punishment for not submitting to their criminal aspirations.
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        by Tom on May 30, 2011 at 07:06 AM in reply to
        apparently....no one was on any form of PUBLIC WELFRAUD ASSISTANCE....or drawing disability.....they either made it or they didn't....seems like many of them MADE it.
  • by Citizen Location: Kinston on May 29, 2011 at 07:27 PM
    A judge can rule on it all he wants, but if the money isn't there, it isn't there!
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on May 29, 2011 at 07:03 PM
    You have successfully replied to this comment. Comment Reply -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- First Name: Enter Comments: characters left Email (optional): By posting this comment you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy by Anonymous on May 29, 2011 at 08:39 PM in reply to Barlow ..Couldn't agree more. I was being sarcastic. I come from a very poor family and am the only one ever to get a college degree. Let alone two. I got through by working nights and government loans. The government has got all their loan money back plus interest. I am all about helping those whithout getting a chance. The citizens of the US, including those on this board who would throw the poor under the bus are richer for the investment they made in me. My higher income means higher taxes which I am happy to pay. I wish more that are posting here would feel the same.
  • by Anonymous on May 29, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    How can a judge order a hearing about PROPOSED legislation? Seems to me that he is overstepping his boundaries a bit.
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