Raleigh, NC — North Carolina State University honored former Superior Court Judge Howard E. Manning, Jr. at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation’s Friday Medal presentation on Nov. 14. The Friday Medal is awarded annually in honor of Bill and Ida Friday to recognize significant, distinguished and enduring contributions to education.
“We are honored to have Judge Howard Manning join our esteemed group of recipients of the Friday Medal,” said Dr. Glenn Kleiman, Executive Director of the Friday Institute. “He carried out the NC Supreme Court decision in the Leandro case, made under Chief Justice Burley Mitchell, that every student in North Carolina has a constitutional right to a sound basic education. Judge Manning defined what that meant in actual practice – a great principal in every school; a great teacher in every classroom; and adequate resources for them to support every child’s learning. He then dedicated many years of his life working tirelessly to make sure that the State of North Carolina and its schools met their constitutional obligations.”
Judge Manning was unable to attend the Friday Medal ceremony but recorded a video for the event in which he shared the history of the Leandro case and how he approached ensuring that all North Carolina’s students have the opportunity for a sound basic education.
Play the video below to watch Judge Manning share the history and some of his experiences relating to the case (Click here if you do not see the video):