Lawmakers Look At Charter School Funding

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North Carolina legislators are considering greater separation between taxpayer-funded charter schools and the local or state school boards which run the rest of the state's 2,500 public schools.

A state Senate committee on Wednesday discussed legislation that would make charter schools more aggressive competitors for students and the taxpayer money that follows them.

A new charter school board separate from the state Board of Education would decide things like the financial accountability standards the schools must follow.

The measure would cancel the current requirement that at least half a charter school's teachers be certified. Charter school directors could decide whether to check job applicants for any criminal history. Local school boards would be required to lease available buildings or land to a charter school for $1 a year.