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N.C. Public Schools Ordered To Improve At-Risk Children

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WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — A Wake County judge placed North Carolina's public schools under a court order Monday to shuffle their funds.

The judge ruled state and local school systems must re-allocate money to improve the performance of children considered at-risk of academic failure.

The order stems from a 1994 lawsuit brought by five of the state's poorer school systems. State school leaders are not surprised by the ruling.

"Those students who are at-risk need some very, very pertinent strategies to get them out of that at-risk category," says Brad Sneeden, deputy superintendent of North Carolina schools.

The judge says the state has one year to come up with an effective program or the courts could intervene.

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