School funding litigation option eliminated by legislature

North Carolina

The North Carolina legislature is ready to bar local education boards from suing county commissioners when they can’t agree on how much to spend operating district schools.

The Senate voted Friday for a House measure stemming from recommendations by the General Assembly’s government watchdog agency.

Local school boards make annual spending requests to county commissions. Right now a board can go to court if the government bodies remain at odds on spending levels following a public meeting and formal mediation.

The bill now heading to Gov. Roy Cooper eliminates the litigation option and sets a formula by which the county commission must fund the district when the other negotiations fail.

The legislation still allows litigation on construction spending differences, but the bill requires a study to address that.

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