Lawyers for Wake CARES have come out swinging against the school system and the N.C. Court of Appeals in their brief to the N.C. Supreme Court.
The brief defends Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr.'s decision requiring Wake to get parental consent for year-round schools. The brief also lays out reasons for contending that the appellate ruling was in error.
"The informed parental consent solution ultimately allowed the school system to preserve the bulk of its program of conversion to year round schools but also preserved rights of parents to control aspects of the education of their children," according to the brief. "It was a measured remedy to a complex problem, largely created by the Defendant—Appellees actions overestimating public support for their plan and not understanding the limits of their power."
Much is made of the difference in opportunities for families between the traditional calendar and year-round calendar. The brief contends parents have the right to preserve the opportunities available under the traditional calendar.
"While it is understandable that the educational establishment would want the power to control the lives of children during the school year so that they can balance their budgets, this decision making power is not given to the educational establishment but more properly is given to parents who are in a better position to make this decision and who under our constitutions are given the power to control the education of their children," according to the brief.
The school system has until Oct. 27 to file its brief.
It's probably going to be awhile before a ruling is issued.
Click here to read Wake CARES' brief.
Click here to read the appellate ruling.
Click here to read Manning's ruling.