Patterson Harkavy attorneys prevail; private school vouchers declared unconstitutional

At a hearing today in Raleigh, Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood declared that North Carolina’s recently-enacted private school voucher program violates various provisions of the North Carolina Constitution, and issued a permanent injunction preventing its implementation.  If not for Judge Hobgood’s ruling the program would have taken millions of dollars that should have been spent

Voucher victory as Court of Appeals permits preliminary injunction to remain in place

Advocates for private school vouchers suffered another defeat today, as the North Carolina Court of Appeals left in place Judge Hobgood’s order enjoining the state’s private school voucher scheme. The North Carolina General Assembly enacted the scheme in 2013.  If implemented, it would divert money from North Carolina’s public schools to subsidize private school students’

Burton and Narendra move for summary judgment in lawsuit challenging the elimination of teacher tenure

Burton and Narendra, together with co-counsel Ann McColl of the North Carolina Association of Educators, yesterday moved for summary judgment in their lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s elimination of teacher tenure. Since 1971, North Carolina’s teachers who earned “career status” have benefited from two basic employments protections: first, the assurance that they could be dismissed or

Judge Hobgood issues written order enjoining voucher scheme

Judge Hobgood issued an order yesterday afternoon putting into effect his prior ruling enjoining North Carolina’s private school voucher scheme. Patterson Harkavy’s Burton Craige, attorney for the plaintiffs, explained, “Judge Hobgood enforced the plain language of the North Carolina Constitution.  Public funds for education must be used ‘exclusively’ for establishing and maintaining a uniform system of

Judge Hobgood rules in favor of Patterson Harkavy’s clients, halting private school voucher scheme

At a hearing today in downtown Raleigh, Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood enjoined the State from implementing its private school voucher scheme.  If not for Judge Hobgood’s landmark ruling the scheme would have taken millions of dollars from North Carolina’s public schools in order to pay private school students’ tuition.  Private schools receiving taxpayer funds

Patterson Harkavy Challenges Constitutionality of Legislation Stripping Teachers of their Employment Rights

Burton Craige and Narendra Ghosh filed suit yesterday against the State of North Carolina, challenging a recently-enacted law eliminating employment protections for experienced public school teachers.  Burton and Narendra represent the North Carolina Association of Educators and six individual teachers in the suit. For over forty years, North Carolina public school teachers have been able

Patterson Harkavy Files Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Private School Voucher Scheme

Burton Craige and Narendra Ghosh filed suit this morning in Wake County Superior Court challenging the school voucher law passed by the General Assembly last session.  Representing a diverse group of twenty-five plaintiffs from across North Carolina, Burton and Narendra allege that the voucher scheme violates the North Carolina Constitution.  The lawsuit is sponsored by

Recent Wrongful Conviction Settlements Total Over $12,000,000

Patterson Harkavy attorneys Burton Craige and Narendra Ghosh, with co-counsel Spencer Parris and Chris Olson, recently obtained settlements totaling more than $12,000,000 for two men who were imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. In 1992, Greg Taylor was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.  After Taylor served 17 years in prison,