NC school districts sue to recoup funds from fines

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — More than 30 North Carolina school districts have joined a lawsuit seeking more than $46 million that they say should have gone to help students.

In a news release Friday, officials with the Guilford County schools say their Board of Education voted Thursday to join the lawsuit, which originally was filed Nov. 5 by 34 school districts.

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The lawsuit states that fines from certain motor vehicle violations should have been given to public schools, but instead went to a state fund for inmate costs. North Carolina’s Constitution requires that all fees collected as punishment go to counties to fund public schools.

In September, the state Court of Appeals ruled in a case involving only Richmond County that the fines should go to that public school system. .

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