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CONSENT ORDER REGARDING NEED FOR REMEDIAL, SYSTEMIC ACTIONS FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT OF LEANDRO COMPLIANCE

January 21, 2020
By Judge David Lee

Requiring the State of North Carolina to formulate a plan to implement the recommendations of a report by WestEd

"At issue in this long-running matter is one of the most important rights enumerated in our State Constitution: the fundamental right of every child in North Carolina to have the opportunity to receive a sound basic education in a public school. As this Court has found, this constitutional right has been denied to many North Carolina children. 

"The State of North Carolina, North Carolina State Board of Education, and other actors have taken significant steps over time in an effort to improve student achievement and students' opportunity to access a sound basic education. Many of these efforts have made a positive impact on the lives of public school students and improved public schooling in the State. 

"However, historic and current data before the Court show that considerable, systemic work is necessary to deliver fully the Leandro right to all children in the State. In short, North Carolina's PreK-12 public education system leaves too many students behind- especially students of color and economically disadvantaged students. As a result, thousands of students are not being prepared for full participation in the global, interconnected economy and the society in which they will live, work, and engage as citizens. The costs to those students, individually, and to the State are considerable and if left unattended will result in a North Carolina that does not meet its vast potential."