On August 31, the North Carolina Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the long-running Leandro v. State of North Carolina school funding case.

The selected articles below offer various perspectives about Leandro and its path to the State Supreme Court over the last three years. Dozens of additional articles about the case are available from the Carolina Journal and N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law websites.


Ten Reasons Why Lawmakers Should Reject the Leandro Plan and Fund Students, Not Systems (September 28, 2021)

Progressives and Democrats

North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Anita Earls Should Recuse Herself from the Leandro Case (July 21, 2022)

The Worst Take on the Leandro Ruling Courtesy of Every Child NC (November 30, 2021)

Leandro is Just Part of the Progressive Policy Agenda (October 18, 2021)

Original Song and Music Video about Leandro v. State of North Carolina Released (October 14, 2021)

Cooper Must Decide If the Leandro Plan Is a State Budget Deal-Breaker (October 4, 2021)

The Leandro long game: How the Left has weaponized a 27-year-old court case (March 30, 2021)

Judge Michael Robinson and the Defense of Constitutional Principles

Leandro Order Begins to Right the Ship (May 2, 2022)

Judge Robinson listens and Leandro-watchers wait (April 13, 2022)

Judge Robinson Should Demand a Review of the Embarrassing Leandro Remedial Plan (March 31, 2022)

Replacing Leandro judge was the right call (March 23, 2022)

N.C. Court of Appeals Defends the Constitution in Leandro Ruling (December 3, 2021)

A win for the North Carolina Constitution in the Leandro case (May 2021)

Judge David Lee and “Sound Basic Education for All: An Action Plan for North Carolina” (WestEd Report)

Leandro Judge David Lee: The Quiet Tyrant (December 2021)

Leandro Order: Creating a Constitutional Crisis to Benefit the Education Establishment (November 16, 2021)

Judge Lee’s Leandro Ruling Is Not a Moral Crusade. It’s a Money Grab (November 11, 2021)

Leandro Judge Courts a Constitutional Crisis (October 2021)

Leandro Lunacy: An Appointed Judge Declares War on the Elected Members of the Legislature (October 21, 2021)

Leandro Plan Would Have Benefited from Collaboration with the General Assembly (September 28, 2021)

Leandro defendants begin implementing a misguided action plan for schools (September 8, 2020)

Shortcomings of the WestEd report: Student achievement (February 19, 2020)

What’s Missing From The WestEd Report (February 13, 2020)

Shortcomings of the WestEd report: Resources (February 12, 2020)

Leandro measures will fail under current governance system (February 5, 2020)

Allowing Leandro report to dictate education in N.C. unwise at best  (January 23, 2020)

WestEd, the Courts, and the State Constitution (December 12, 2019)

Consultant Hired to Recommend Billions in New Education Spending Fulfills Mandate (December 11, 2019)

Will the Courts Order Lawmakers to Make Money Appear Magically? (November 26, 2019)

Leandro and the Financial Impact of Charter Schools on Districts (September 11, 2019)

Leandro: Is More Money Needed to Guarantee a Sound Basic Education? (June 19, 2019)