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Saturday, March 04, 2006

More Judge Manning......N&O coverage via Floyd Stuart:

Manning "oversees North Carolina's long-running court case on school quality...directed education leaders to crack down on the schools.....

"Under his latest his directive, principals would be replaced in schools where passing rates on state tests remained at 55 percent or less in all of the past five years, including the 2005-06 school year.

"Those schools would also be required to begin reform plans modeled after the small-school approach promoted by the state's new schools project, supported with a $10 million grant from the Bill &Melinda Gates Foundation."

Here's the deal with Smith:

"The smaller high schools can be carved from larger ones and are typically oriented to a particular career theme, such as health sciences or technology."

Sure, the courts' job is to rule on the legality of school policy. But I can't see where a judge has the authority to perform administrative functions such as opening new schools and closing existing schools.


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