A North Carolina judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by parents in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who want to do away with students in virtual classrooms.
The lawsuit filed last September alleged that student’s productivity levels dropped without being in-person. The group also argued that kids without computers would fall behind if there was no real classroom instruction.
However, Superior Court Judge Karen Eady-Williams disagreed with the parents. She ruled Friday that the group failed to show how such learning was harmful to their children’s education. She also noted the facts as presented by the plaintiffs did not support “an illegal contract” between CMS Board and the North Carolina Association of Educators and said those facts didn’t show that remote instruction constituted an illegal work slowdown.
Judge Eady-Williams stated “the plaintiffs had not established a Constitutional violation of the right to a sound basic education since the district was simply utilizing an instructional approach authorized by Governor Roy Cooper,” according to the dismissal order.
CMS Students returned to in-person learning on a limited basis last month. Remote learning will remain an option for the foreseeable future.