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By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Lawyers for North Carolina school districts challenging the nearly $20 billion state budget approved last week want a judge to order the Legislature to redo the spending plan.

Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. adjourned the two-day hearing Thursday without an immediate ruling. Manning is considering whether state officials are following the constitutional requirement that every North Carolina child have the opportunity to a sound, basic education.

Lawyers for school boards in the long-running lawsuit say the state budget taking effect next month fails to meet constitutional obligations. They want Manning to order the Legislature to rewrite parts of the budget.

State attorney Thomas Ziko says the government is living up to its duties despite the worst recession since the
1930s.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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