RALEIGH (MAY 28, 2021) — A new interactive tool from Every Child NC will make it easy for district leaders, policymakers, and advocates to understand how the Leandro Comprehensive Remedial Plan will impact each school district in North Carolina.
The Leandro Plan was introduced to the North Carolina Superior Court on March 15, 2021, and it proposes changes to how the state allocates funding to school districts.
It provides a substantial funding increase in every district, but the changes in funding also vary from district to district based on its characteristics. Until now, it’s been difficult for local stakeholders to understand precisely how the Leandro Plan will affect their schools.
The tool will allow users to compare each district’s estimated budget from the 2022 fiscal year to what each district will receive if the Leandro Plan is implemented.
“Knowing the specific benefits to each district will allow local stakeholders to begin planning the local reforms and systemic changes necessary to meet the specific needs of their community,” said Kris Nordstrom, senior policy analyst with the Education & Law Project, a project of the NC Justice Center.
Naomi Hodges, coalition coordinator for Every Child NC, said the tool will allow local stakeholders to ensure the state fulfills its obligation to its students.
“The detailed nature of the tool serves as a tangible reference point as we work to hold our elected officials accountable for implementing Leandro requirements,” Hodges said.
The Leandro Plan is the latest action in a long-running court case over the state’s constitutional obligation to provide a sound, basic education to every child in the state. On May 24, 2021, members of the NC House introduced HB 946, a bill that would implement the actions outlined in the first two years of the plan.
Every Child NC is a community-led, statewide coalition of organizations, parents, teachers, and students who advocate for every child’s constitutional right to a sound basic education.