New Law Eliminates NC Charter Schools Cap

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

Governor Beverly Perdue says a bill she signed into law eliminating the 100-school limit on charter schools will provide more public school choices.

The governor signed the bill Friday which was finalized last week by the general assembly to end the cap. Republicans made eliminating the cap a top priority during this year's legislative session. The bipartisan compromise bill passed by wide margins. The cap had been in place since the mid-1990s.


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  • by Anonymous Location: ENC on Jun 18, 2011 at 07:22 PM
    Thank God my parents pulled me from a genuine dump of a public school 40 years ago and sent me to a private school.
  • by to To Concerned Location: enc on Jun 18, 2011 at 04:42 PM
    That is because, as of 2010, the charter schools had to reflect the social, and racial demographic whcih they get their students from. While I'm at it, public schools receive a portion of their money from their enrolled population. If a student is at a charter school, the regular public school they would have attended will not get the money alotted for that student.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2011 at 02:02 PM
    Charter schools are for rich kids whose parents can afford to send them. Why would you cap something in the first place that removes children from public schools? It seems that if the parents can afford to send the kids to these schools, it is more tax money for less kids in public schools.
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      by Fact Bringer on Jun 18, 2011 at 06:42 PM in reply to
      Actually, no. The demographics fluctuate in most charter schools based on their location, just like a public school would.
  • by Tom Location: Greenville on Jun 18, 2011 at 01:11 PM
    One on the biggest mistakes I made in raising my children was sending them public schools. They were being raised in a christian home but there time at school did not reflect the same values. Big mistake.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2011 at 05:11 PM in reply to Tom
      That would be "their time" Tom
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      by Fact Bringer on Jun 19, 2011 at 12:37 AM in reply to Tom
      Can't imagine my parents blaming anything on anyone when talking about raising me or my siblings. I hope you can reconcile with your children and that you can have open communication about where you feel they fall short of your expectations. Should be interesting.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2011 at 08:27 AM
    One thing Charter schools are not all what they say they are. I am a public school teacher. In my county there is a Charter School. During the time that Charter School has been opened I have a several students that has transfered to my school out of it. Every one of those students were way below grade level. Explain how Charter Schools are better. The students are making A's and B's at the charter school. They tell the parents they are doing great and then the parents for some reason transfer them to public school. They then are way below the rest of their class. Public schools are doing their best with the students. Yes the have discipline issues, but that comes from lack of support at home.
  • by teacher Location: farmville on Jun 18, 2011 at 08:02 AM
    This is an attempt to undermine the public schools. Now NC will be a target for those who want to have private education. Charter schools will receive money. This is like "for profit colleges"--a government rip-off.
  • by concerned Location: enc on Jun 18, 2011 at 07:59 AM
    What they fail to inform the public is that there is no longer a requirement for a charter school to reflect the demographic from which it pulls students. So now a charter school can accept or reject a student on whatever basis they see fit. Sounds good to the far right, at first. Mostly white upper middle class schools. You also open the box for other interest groups to start there own charter schools, such as all muslim, gay and bi (see New York), and whatever else. And by the way that will all come out of your taxes! Every silver lining has a touch grey.
  • by and... on Jun 18, 2011 at 06:56 AM
    Wow no Tinfoil hat republican babble on this one? OH it gets around teacher unions? and creates competition for education? Bev I think your making all the repubulcans bi-polar on this they don't know how to even react!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2011 at 05:52 AM
    I love how, on one hand, Republicans want to slash funding for education while on the other, they scream about how ineffective it is and want to start charter schools. You think it's their plan? Didn't they come up with No Child Left Behind, you know, the plan that has made everything so much better these last ten years for education? Republucans just want to keep people stupid so they can get more votes.
  • by Justice on Jun 18, 2011 at 05:24 AM
    Looks like NC has finally had the common sense to do this, now the public school system can finally go out of business as we put our kids in better schools.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2011 at 05:49 AM in reply to Justice
      You mean rich white kids can go to charter and private schools while poor black and Hispanic kids go to public schools. So much for integration...
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        by Concerned on Jun 18, 2011 at 07:21 AM in reply to
        To: Anonymous on Jun 18 @ 8:49am. You have hit the nail on the head! The people usually in favor of this are the ones that are wealthy or willing to spend what little money they do have to control who sits in the classroom with their children.
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          by To Concerned on Jun 18, 2011 at 11:12 AM in reply to Concerned
          Perhaps you should do some homework before unleashing a statement like that. Figures thourhg the fall of 2010 show enrollment for African-American students higher at charters than public. It is also higher for Caucasians as well. Perhaps it's the class size and quality of education that matters to parents.....
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          by Susan on Jun 19, 2011 at 12:07 PM in reply to Concerned
          Yes- Concerned@10:21am..I am concerened who sits beside my child at school. I also think that is my right. It should be our decision as parents to decide where our kids get a good education.And "Yes" again I would pay the extra money b/c my children are worth it.(Even if that meant a second job)The BOE in our county is about as low as you can go. They make decisions to satisfy a few even though it affects us all. Maybe lifting the cap off the charter will help motovate our teachers and staff to push harder and be held accountable for all students.(That is the ones who really want to learn) I don't have any kids in school now but maybe grandchildren soon and I hope they recieve a quality education and it wouldn't bother me a bit if it were from a CHARTER SCHOOL!!
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