- Associated Press - Thursday, January 5, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A new law that shifts power away from the North Carolina Board of Education will remain temporarily blocked after the lawyers involved agreed to postpone a hearing.

A news release from attorneys for the state board says the agreement pushes back a hearing scheduled for Friday. A three-judge panel had been slated to hear arguments for a preliminary injunction. The lawyers are due back in court on Jan. 20 to discuss scheduling issues before the judges.

In the meantime, a previously issued temporary restraining order that blocks the law will stay in place.

The new law gives state schools Superintendent Mark Johnson more control over the state’s education budget, oversight of charter schools and authority to hire senior-level aides.

The law was recently passed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

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