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Court adjourned: Judge Howard Manning retires

Posted July 24, 2015

Superior Court Judge Howard Manning

— Superior Court Judge Howard Manning adjourned his court for the final time Friday.

Manning will officially retire at the end of the month, having reached the state's mandatory retirement age for judges of 72.

He was the first Republican judge elected in a statewide Superior Court race in 1988.

Manning is most known for handling the long-running "Leandro" case in which the North Carolina Supreme Court ordered that the state constitution guarantees every child a sound, basic education. After six months off the bench, he plans to return as a special senior Superior Court judge and will continue to oversee the state's efforts to meet the dictates of the Leandro ruling.

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Burley Mitchell, acting on behalf of Gov. Pat McCrory, presented Manning on Friday with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the top honor for service to the state.


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  • David Bunn Jul 24, 2015
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    If he made the Leandro ruling, he should hang his head in shame. This takes money from productive counties, and places it in counties who think that even though they are not attracting growth, they are entitled to the same quality of buildings, sports facilities, and recreational facilities as those who are paying for them.

  • Elizabeth Anne Wells Jul 24, 2015
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    I am very sad to hear Judge Manning is retiring. He was the only champion of seeing that our children receive a good education. And, believe me, it is difficult. If your child has an IEP plan, you might as well hang it up. They are not going to work with you or your child. It is almost as if the school administrators feel that the money to help these kids is coming out of their own personal pockets. We had to bring a state complaint against the school system in question to even get my grandson is preschool for children with disabilities. Besides his physical disabilities, he was diagnosed by Duke as having developmental delay; yet, the school system thought he was too smart to go to preschool. Finally, we had to take him out of the public school system to get him any help. The State can pour all the money they want into schools, but unless you have a good administration with people at the helm who really care, you still have nothing. God bless our children.