NC Court Halts Suit Fighting Charlotte-Area Municipal Charter School Option

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina’s intermediate appeals court has ruled a lawsuit that attempts to block a law that permits four Charlotte-area municipalities to operate their own charter schools can’t go forward.

The Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Tuesday in favor of legislative leaders defending the 2018 law.

The North Carolina and Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP chapters and two parents had sued, calling the law unconstitutional in part by encouraging racial segregation in public schools.

A trial judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit, but the appeals court said the plaintiffs alleged neither a direct injury or nor immediate threat of injury from the law.