March 29, 2010
Harvard Law Today
The HLS Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice recently filed, along with a host of other organizations, an amicus curiae brief in the North Carolina Supreme Court on a school-to-prison pipeline case.
The case, King vs. Beaufort County Board of Education, involved arguments over whether the “fundamental right to education” guaranteed under the North Carolina State Constitution requires that strict scrutiny be applied to long-term out-of-school suspensions of students in which no alternative educational services were provided.
On March 22, the state’s supreme court heard oral arguments in the case of two Beaufort County students who were excluded from educational opportunities for nearly five months, due to a five second fight in the school courtyard.