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:

  • A unanimous three-judge panel reversed a trial court and ruled in favor of WakeMed in its effort to cancel a contract with the manager of its surgery departments in Cary and the North Healthplex.
  • A unanimous three-judge panel reversed the conviction of a Pamlico County woman charged with “acting in concert” with a friend to break local water lines in order to generate repair business for her company. While accepting the state’s argument that the woman did concoct the money-making scheme, the appellate judges ruled that she had been charged incorrectly in the case.