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Lawyer: Swapping who runs NC schools would have wide impact

By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Lawyers in a fight over who will control North Carolina's public schools for 1.5 million students say the state's highest court must decide whether lawmakers are allowed to mix and match powers spelled out in the state constitution.

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday quizzed lawyers over whether the state's most basic ground rules allow legislators to shift control of about $10 billion a year in education spending from the appointed state school board to the elected schools superintendent.

Lawyers for the State Board of Education say the General Assembly cannot dramatically swap authority described in the state constitution, since only voters can decide amendments.

An attorney for state schools Superintendent Mark Johnson argued the law passed just before he took office last year merely clarifies who runs public schools.

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