by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals reversed a trial court’s decision to force the Cleveland County school system to pay three charter schools a total of more than $100,000 in a funding dispute. The appellate judges sent the case back to the trial court to apply a different standard in determining how much, if any, of $57,000 originally awarded to the charter schools should be upheld. The appellate judges threw out $47,000 in attorneys’ fees awarded to the charter schools.
Among other opinions released this morning from the Court of Appeals: