NC court: Charter schools can’t use immunity to thwart suits
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -North Carolina’s highest court has ruled that nonprofit charter schools can’t avoid civil fraud claims alleging mismanagement of taxpayer money by arguing they’re immune from such lawsuits like a state agency.
The state Supreme Court on Friday reversed a 2019 Court of Appeals decision that had dismissed claims against Kinston Charter Academy, which closed abruptly in 2013.
Then-Attorney General Roy Cooper sought financial damages for the state and monetary penalties against the academy and its leaders.
Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that receive state funds.
The Supreme Court says a charter school isn’t protected under the doctrine of sovereign immunity.
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