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NC court: Charter schools can't use immunity to thwart suits

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North Carolina's highest court has ruled that nonprofit charter schools can’t avoid civil fraud claims alleging mismanagement of taxpayer money by arguing they’re immune from such lawsuits like a state agency. The state Supreme Court on Friday reversed a 2019 Court of Appeals decision that had dismissed claims against Kinston Charter Academy, which closed abruptly in 2013. Then-Attorney General Roy Cooper sought financial damages for the state and monetary penalties against the academy and its leaders. Charter schools are tuition-free public schools that receive state funds. The Supreme Court says a charter school isn't protected under the doctrine of sovereign immunity.