by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
For the next few days, Superior Court Judge Howard Manning will hear testimony related to the Leandro v. State court case, which deals with the state’s constitutional obligation to provide a “sound, basic education” to all public school students.
According to Alex Granados of EducationNC, Judge Manning declared that the employment of long-term substitute teachers was unconstitutional.
Certainly, Judge Manning may have something specific in mind, such as the employment of non-certified long-term substitute teachers or hiring long-term substitutes at the beginning of the school year. If not, yikes! Large districts, in particular, will encounter mind-boggling staffing problems.