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Update: Cuts in N.C. Budget Force Agency Layoffs

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The North Carolina education department has laid off 77 of its nearly 800 employees as part of budget cuts ordered by the legislature.

Another 17 employees are moving to other state agencies, and 59 more have accepted severance packages, said state education officials who announced the layoffs this month. More layoffs could follow if regional centers now run by the state are closed.

The legislature cut $21 million this year from the department's budget, which totals $53 million over the next two years. (See Education Week, May 31, 1995.)

Judge Rejects Plea

A federal judge has refused to set aside her decision declaring four Wilmington, Del., school districts desegregated.

U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson this month denied the plaintiff's request that she set aside her Aug. 14 order releasing the districts, which enroll 55,000 students, from 17 years of court oversight.

Judge Robinson rejected civil-rights lawyers' claims that the order poses an immediate threat to the well-being of minority children. She also said the plaintiffs stand little chance of persuading the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to overturn her decision. (See Education Week, Sept. 6, 1995.)

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