- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A new North Carolina law transferring power away from the State Board of Education to the elected state superintendent will remain blocked for several additional months before a trial this summer over its constitutionality.

WRAL-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2kbxyh7 ) a June 29 trial date came about as three trial judges held a scheduling hearing Friday about the lawsuit the board filed against the state. A previously issued order halting the law’s enforcement will stay in place until the judges rule in the lawsuit.

The Republican-controlled General Assembly approved the law last month. Nearly all board members are appointed by the governor. New Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson is a Republican and supports the new law. His attorney told the judges Friday that Johnson wants to formally enter the lawsuit.

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