Judge sides with NC tourism companies that the coastal province cannot go to school on August 13

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A judge is blocking a popular tourist area in North Carolina from defying the state’s school calendar law.

The Carteret County School Board had adopted a calendar for the 2024-2025 school year that will see classes start Aug. 13 — two weeks earlier than allowed under state law. On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge William D. Wolfe issued an order declaring the calendar invalid.

“We are pleased with the court’s ruling,” Mitchell Armbruster, an attorney for three local companies that sued the school system, said in a statement. “All we asked for in this case was to require the school district to comply with the law, a law that the school board openly admitted they were breaking.

“We shouldn’t teach our children that it’s okay to break the law.”

Swimmers crowd the beach at Atlantic Beach after Hurricane Arthur on July 4, 2014. Three local businesses are suing the Cartetet County school system for adopting a calendar for the 2024-2025 school year that does not comply with North Carolina's school calendar law.Swimmers crowd the beach at Atlantic Beach after Hurricane Arthur on July 4, 2014. Three local businesses are suing the Cartetet County school system for adopting a calendar for the 2024-2025 school year that does not comply with North Carolina's school calendar law.

Swimmers crowd the beach at Atlantic Beach after Hurricane Arthur on July 4, 2014. Three local businesses are suing the Cartetet County school system for adopting a calendar for the 2024-2025 school year that does not comply with North Carolina’s school calendar law.

Carteret County includes popular coastal tourist spots such as Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle and Morehead City.

The school district had argued that its calendar helps students by allowing them to take fall semester exams before winter break. School officials also argued that the calendar law violated the state constitution.

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