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NAACP Unable to Challenge North Carolina Charter School Law

April 6, 2022, 7:12 PM

The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP lacks standing to challenge as unconstitutional a state law amendment that allows four Mecklenburg County towns to operate municipal charter schools, a state appeals court ruled.

The decision reverses a lower court, which ruled in March 2021 that the facial challenge to the June 2018 legislative enactment, known as HB 514, could go forward and referred the suit to a three-judge panel.

North Carolina, the president of its senate, and the speaker of its house of representatives were correct that the state conference of the NAACP, the organization’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg branch, and two ...