Wednesday: Leandro and Eugenics

Posted June 21, 2011
Updated June 22, 2011

As luck would have it, two big events are scheduled for 10:00 am Wednesday.

First, Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning will hold a hearing to determine whether the 2012-13 state budget violates Leandro, Manning’s landmark 1997 ruling that sets forth the state’s responsibility to provide a “sound basic education” to North Carolina’s low-income children. That’s at the Wake County Courthouse, 10th floor.

Second, the Governor’s Task Force to Determine the Method of Compensation for Victims of North Carolina’s Eugenics Board will conduct a “listening session” at the Eaddy Agronomics Center, 4300 Reedy Creek Road, Raleigh. It's expected to go from 10am-1pm.

Victims of the state’s sterilization program (one of the nation’s most active) will speak, and Gov. Bev Perdue is reportedly planning to make an appearance. You can read more about NC's Eugenics program here.  While the NC legislature didn't act this session to set aside money for compensation, they did approve a proposal to close the records of victims of the state's 50-year program.  

WRAL.com will livestream both events, so you can be in two places at one time. Both will be archived and available here shortly after they conclude.


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  • edith wharton Jun 24, 2011

    Well, many people who do not have photos IDs (like the homeless) do not have medical insurance or access to prescription drugs, either. I'm not sure what the one has to do with the other?

  • ljohnson247 Jun 22, 2011

    With Manning, we are amazed that one person could have more of a say so that a group of people elected by the people.
    The Gov has not acted yet on the voter photo ID bill. If she vetos it, what will she with SB 474. a person must show a photo ID to pick up certain medicines. Does this not have the same affect on some of the same groups of people that the voter photo ID will.