by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled 2-1 this morning to affirm a trial-court ruling favoring three charter schools in their funding dispute with the Cleveland County public school system. The majority opinion means Cleveland County schools will have to pay more than $54,000 to Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy Charter School, Piedmont Community Charter School, and Lincoln Charter School.
The dispute involved certain funds that the school system argued should not be divided between traditional public schools and charter schools. The Appeals Court majority agreed with the trial judge in rejecting the school system’s arguments. The one dissenting appellate judge agreed with the majority in seven of the nine categories of funds under consideration. The dissent argued that the school system was correct in arguing that funds in two categories should be withheld from distribution to charter schools.
Among other N.C. Appeals Court opinions released this morning: