Charter School Advocates Want NC Cap Removed

Advocates of legislation to remove the current 100-school cap for charter schools in North Carolina are worried the effort is getting lost as this year's regular session of the General Assembly may be winding down.

Two Democratic lawmakers and the head of a national charter school group scheduled a news conference Tuesday to urge passage of a bill to end the charter school limit.

A bill promoted by House and Senate Republican leaders in the General Assembly has been in a conference committee for nearly two months. Conference committees are where a compromise between differing versions of the bill is hashed out.

The House version would have allowed 50 additional charters to open annually. The Senate had no limit.

Eliminating the 100-school limit was a Republican campaign promise last year.


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  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:38 PM
    If the parents aren't involved in their children's education it won't make any difference in the students performance whether they are in Public or in Private school. It is a good plan to raise expectations of the public school system but let those who want to spend their money on a private education for their children do so and those who choose a public education be free do so as well.
  • by OSOC Location: Washington on Jun 7, 2011 at 10:37 AM
    With the curriculum the public schools use now...I am all for charter schools. Someone has to save America. Schools are controlled by liberals and the curriculum is run by radicals. Rewriting history such as Palin exposed yesterday about Paul Revere. The left attacked her over their own rememberance of history and not what is covered in the books from my day.
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      by Principal on Jun 7, 2011 at 11:59 AM in reply to OSOC
      OSOC, I am a public school principal who is not a liberal and I am about fed up with people assuming that all administrators are such. I am a staunch, Bible believing conservative with family values and one who puts student learning at the forefront of my school. There are good educators within the walls of our schools and many of us are tired of the all inclusive brush strokes by which you label public schools and their employees as liberal radicals. Private schools and charters are not always the answer and many of those are far more liberally biased than public schools.
  • by Williamston Elite on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:51 AM
    As long as Bear Grass doesn't get a charter it is ok if they lift the cap!
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      by Bear Grass resident on Jul 18, 2011 at 10:19 AM in reply to Williamston Elite
      When my kids start to go to Robersonville to go to middle school, then you can pay for their gas to get back and forth. Dr. Daly, Moses Matthews, and all the rest of those cronies up in the Board of Education should have to pay us residents for that wasted gas and money. I'll send you the bill.
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      by Mark on Sep 29, 2011 at 06:51 AM in reply to Williamston Elite
      I can hardly wait for Martin County to consolidate to one county school-- and don't worry it is coming. Hopefully it will be in Robersonville since land is so plentiful and inexpensive in that part of the county. Enjoy your "Williamston elite" status then :-)
  • by Kane on Jun 7, 2011 at 04:24 AM
    And the money for this will come from where?
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      by & Abel on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:47 AM in reply to Kane
      The money is provided per student so the public schools will lose money for loss of enrollment while the charter gains...
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      by Native on Jun 7, 2011 at 06:36 AM in reply to Kane
      It dosen't cost any money to vote to lift the cap. The expense comes once folks decide to form a school but the vote costs nothing.
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      by Educator on Jun 7, 2011 at 07:57 AM in reply to Kane
      They will just take some more from public education to supply with private sector. As Wilkow says, Socialism is not for the Socialists!
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