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N.C. Supreme Court upholds ruling about alternative ed

Posted October 8, 2010

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— In a ruling released Friday, the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld an earlier ruling in favor of a student in Beaufort County who was suspended from school without benefit of alternative education.

The court wrote that the defendants, the Beaufort County Board of Education and Superintendent Jeffrey Moss, were required by law to present a reason for keeping Viktoria King out of alternative ed while she served a long-term suspension.

The justices said that schools have a right to keep students out of an educational setting if they are a threat to safety and discipline for other students, but that reasoning must be articulated.

"If it is possible to provide a student with some form of educational services during her long-term suspension without jeopardizing the safety and security of others, then that
opportunity must be provided," the court wrote.

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  • thewayitis Oct 8, 2010

    While I can understand the reasoning behind this ruling, I can see this leading to problems as school leaders keep a child in a traditional classroom rather than garner the expense of an alternative school or a private tutor.