Parents, Students Request Additional Funding For Low-Wealth Schools
Several dozen advocates and students took their pleas for more money dedicated to improving poor schools to state lawmakers this week, holding a rally and visiting legislators' offices. Proponents have endorsed a two-year, $374 million package for such schools, but Senate and House budget proposals fall far short of that amount. The debate centers on the Leandro school financing case, which is named for one of the original plaintiffs in the 1994 lawsuit seeking more money to educate students in low-wealth schools. The state Supreme Court has affirmed lower court rulings in the case that say North Carolina's constitution guarantees every student a "sound basic education" provided by the state.