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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