A lawsuit that started back in the late 1990’s continues to have a resounding impact on state politics and policy today. Known as the Leandro lawsuits, this case has changed the education standards across the state and has changed its own course several times, encompassing new ideas and concepts adopted by the courts. Since July, monthly showdowns between Judge Howard Manning, Governor Perdue, and the General Assembly have dominated headlines and have caused a renewed interest in this crucial lawsuit after a July decision by Judge Howard Manning held that all “at-risk” children receive free Pre-K.
This Civitas video segment ‘Reflections on Leandro’ paints a stakeholder-driven narrative of the first Leandro decision. This will be followed next week with a sequel that deals with the Leandro II decision and the court’s shift towards universal “at-risk” Pre-K. It’s a very informative compilation of testimony from legislators, supreme court justices, and more.