Public schools owed 750 million by state bring lawsuit

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Public schools owed $750M by state bring lawsuit
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By ALEX DEROSIER
Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina school districts are suing state officials to collect hundreds of millions of dollars owed to schools across the state.

The North Carolina School Boards Association filed a lawsuit Wednesday morning, reviving a decades-long legal battle over nearly $750 million in state fines never placed in a school fund between 1996 and 2005. The state's constitution requires certain fines and forfeitures collected by state agencies to be placed in a fund for public schools.

School districts first sued the state in 1998, and the case reached the state's supreme court. Wake County Superior Court ruled in favor of the districts in 2008, but stopped short of ordering the legislature to pay, saying it was beyond the scope of judiciary powers outlined in the state's constitution.

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North Carolina school districts are set to sue for hundreds of millions of dollars a court previously ruled was owed them.

The North Carolina School Boards Association scheduled a Wednesday news conference in Durham to announce a complaint reviving a decades-long legal battle over nearly $750 million in civil penalties.

The state constitution requires certain fines and forfeitures collected by state agencies go to public schools. School boards sued the state in 1998, arguing that agencies hadn't sent along the monetary penalties.

The case reached the state Supreme Court, and a trial judge ultimately determined in 2008 how much districts should receive. But the judge stopped short of ordering the legislature to pay up, saying it was beyond the scope of his powers to do so.

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