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Appeals Court to Speed Year-Round School Hearing

Posted September 5, 2007 1:55 p.m. EDT

— The state Court of Appeals has agreed to expedite a hearing in Wake County's the year-round schools lawsuit.

Superior Court Judge Howard Manning ruled in May that the school district couldn't force students to attend schools that were converted from traditional schedules to year-round calendars.

The district converted 22 schools this year to accommodate more than 8,000 new students. But hundreds of families opted out of attending year-round schools, leaving some of the converted schools underenrolled and aggravating overcrowding at some traditional schools.

The district appealed Manning's decision and has been granted an expedited hearing, although Ann Majestic, an attorney representing the district, said she didn't know when the case might be heard.

The North Carolina School Boards Association, the North Carolina School Administrators Association, the North Carolina Council of School Attorneys and the University of North Carolina Civil Rights Center have filed briefs supporting the school system. The Civil Rights Center is representing two local parent groups.

WakeCares, the parent group that sued the district to block the year-round conversions, has until Oct. 1 to file its brief in the case.