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NC Judge Weighs Improvement At Poor Schools

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File photo of a classroom. (credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a classroom. (credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge is taking stock of whether state officials are making progress in their duty to give every child a chance at a sound, basic education.

Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. opens a hearing in Raleigh on Wednesday. It will measure the state’s compliance with state Supreme Court rulings dating back almost two decades that require the state to do more for children in its lowest-performing and poorest counties.

The hearing comes after two developments last week.

New statewide test results show that students in four of the five counties that are the focus of the case still lag way behind the statewide average.

The state Supreme Court ruled lawmakers fixed problems when they changed eligibility for a pre-kindergarten program for needy children.

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