Monday 23 Jan 2017

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Judge Halts Law Transferring Education Power

A judge has halted a new law transferring power from the state Board of Education to the incoming superintendent pending an upcoming court hearing.

Wake County Judge Donald Stephens made the ruling to temporarily block the law on Thursday after the board filed a lawsuit this week. Another court hearing will be held next week.

The new law gives state schools Superintendent Mark Johnson more control over the state’s education budget, oversight of charter schools and authority to hire senior-level aides.

State school board Chairman Bill Cobey announced the lawsuit on Wednesday.

Cobey, most members of the General Assembly, and the newly elected Johnson are all Republicans. But, many members of the school board will likely be replaced by Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper, who takes office Sunday.

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