RALEIGH, N.C. — The Latest on a court hearing on whether to delay a North Carolina law shifting primary control over the state’s public school system from the appointed State Board of Education to the elected superintendent. (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

Control over about $10 billion a year in taxpayer spending and the jobs of some state education workers won’t change after North Carolina judges agreed to delay a new state law.

A three-judge panel on Thursday gave lawyers for the State Board of Education another 30 days to tell an appeals court that shifting power to the elected state schools superintendent is unconstitutional and the law should be scrapped. The Republican-majority school board wants to keep the status quo and its upper hand over new GOP Superintendent Mark Johnson.

Johnson’s lawyer says it’s time for the elected superintendent to be in the driver’s seat of the public school system that educates 1.5 million children statewide.

The Republican-led legislature’s boosted Johnson’s powers weeks after he was elected last November.


12:10 p.m.

Judges are deciding whether North Carolina legislators can shift power to the elected state schools superintendent to control about $10 billion a year in taxpayer spending, contracts worth tens of millions of dollars and some state education workers.

The three-judge panel on Thursday heard from lawyers for the State Board of Education who want to continue delaying the Republican-led legislature’s boost to new GOP Superintendent Mark Johnson. The state school board wants to keep the status quo while it appeals the panel’s July ruling favoring Johnson.

Both sides said they spent weeks trying to negotiate a deal to end the lawsuit, but couldn’t do it.

Johnson’s lawyer says it’s time for the elected superintendent to be in the driver’s seat of the public school system that educates 1.5 million children.


2 a.m.

Judges are taking a new look at whether North Carolina legislators can shift power to the elected state schools superintendent over about $10 billion a year in taxpayer spending and contracts worth tens of millions of dollars.

The three-judge panel hears Thursday from lawyers for the State Board of Education. It wants to block the Republican-led legislature’s boost to new GOP Superintendent Mark Johnson. The state school board wants to keep the status quo while it appeals the panel’s July ruling favoring Johnson.

Both sides said they spent weeks negotiating a deal that would end the lawsuit, but couldn’t do it.

At stake is part of the state constitution that declares the state school board responsible for administering the public school system that educates 1.5 million children.