- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - When county commissioners and local education board members disagree on annual school spending, the school board can go to court. A majority in the House has refused to end that kind of litigation.

The chamber rejected Tuesday night a measure that would have eliminated the procedure whereby an education board can sue to challenge the funds a county commission has allocated. The bill would have made the commission’s decision final. An extensive mediation effort also would have been gone.

Sponsor Rep. Debra Conrad is a former Forsyth County commissioner. She says public moneys shouldn’t be wasted on litigation and more open dialogue is needed.

The vote was 52-66, with debate generally split among former school board members and commissioners. Opponents said the bill would only encourage more lawsuits by families.

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