From Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger’s office:

Berger: Manning’s opinion ‘judicial activism of worst kind’

Raleigh, N.C. – Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) on Tuesday responded to Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning’s refusal to allow the General Assembly to intervene in his recent pre-kindergarten ruling.

“North Carolina’s Constitution gives the legislature the authority to set education policy, but Judge Manning is clearly determined to create a massive new welfare program from the bench. He is ignoring the Supreme Court’s ruling in Leandro II and engaging in judicial activism of the worst kind.”

The General Assembly’s leadership does not intend to spend money the state doesn’t have. The attorney general’s office has already filed a notice of appeal in this case.