Under Leandro v. State, the North Carolina Constitution guarantees a sound basic education for all students in public schools. North Carolina is failing to meet that demand with respect to the state's homeless students. Testing data from at least the last decade shows that there is a long-standing achievement gap between homeless students and their peers. This demonstrates that homeless students are not obtaining a sound basic education. Moreover, this failure is the result of both the state's action and inaction. There are, however, a number of solutions the state can implement to remedy its constitutional violation. This Comment explores the extent of North Carolina's failures to provide the constitutionally promised education to homeless students and offers solutions the state can use to ensure homeless students receive their sound basic education.
Wesley A. Stewart, Seeking Shelter: How North Carolina is Violating the State Constitution by Failing to Properly Educate Its Homeless Students, 42 Campbell L. Rev. 361 (2020).