Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of controversial North Carolina municipal charter law

A lawsuit filed today by the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the law firm Tin Fulton challenges the constitutionality of legislation authorizing the creation of town charter schools in four towns in Mecklenburg County.

In 2018 HB 514 authorized the largely white towns of Matthews, Mint Hill, Huntersville and Cornelius to use city money to create their own charter schools and admit their own residents while turning away others from more diverse neighboring parts of the county.  

The suit, filed in Wake County Superior Court, claims the law violates the state’s constitutional guarantees of a uniform system of free public education, and equal protection under the law.

You can read the complaint below:


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