North Carolina judge says civil fines should have gone to school districts

March 3, 2008
State may have to pay school districts $660 million

No one knows how North Carolina will come up with at least $660 million to pay school districts to satisfy a looming judge's order. And that has educators and legislators worried. Judge Howard Manning Jr. has warned that he will order the state to surrender $660 million, and possibly $90 million more, in civil fines that were inappropriately withheld from school districts. But the districts are worried that the state could comply by taking money out of existing education funding. The N.C. School Boards Association is trying to negotiate a settlement.

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