POLICY AND LAW FAQ FOR ADMINISTRATORS

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QUESTIONANSWERRESOURCES
Where can I find State Board of Education staff contact information?The State Board Directory provides a list under the resources link on the right.NC State Board of Education 
Where can I find the charter school laws?Laws for Charter Schools are located on the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) web page.Charter School Statute Article 14A
Where can I find State Board Policies?All State Board Policies can be found on the NC State Board of Education webpage.NC State Board of Education Policies
Are faculty salaries subject to the Public Records Law?Yes. The opening line of the public records law defines public records as -all documents ... made or received. It is significantly broad. If it is made or received by the charter school (i.e., salary run of x dollars to y person), then it is public. Again, this law is extremely broad and ties to the use of public dollars for the conducting of public record business (i.e., operating a public school). Any record made or received by the charter school is a public record unless specifically shielded by the Public Records Law.Public Records Law
Where can I find State Board Policies?The resource link to the right will take you to the policies page.NC State Board of Education Policy
What is the process for making changes to the original application, including changes to the mission of the school, the location of the school, the location of the school across Local Education Agency (LEA) boundaries, and name of the school?According to the charter agreement, any substantial change must be approved by the State Board of Education. The State Board's Policy Regarding Charter Amendments for Existing Public Charter Schools (TCS-U-014) provides guidance for this question. Some modifications may be approved by the State Board of Education. The formal process to submit an amendment includes the school providing three documents to the Office of Charter Schools, regardless of the scope of the change:
•  A strikethrough/amended version of the applicable section.
•  A clean/adopted version of the applicable section.
The board meeting minutes evidencing the discussion and formal vote to adopt the changes.
NC State Board of Education Policy
How long do schools retain records or documents?Charter schools are encouraged to use the Records Retention and Disposition Schedule as a guide for addressing records and retention.Records Retention And Disposition Schedule
NC General Assembly G.S. 115C-402
Where can the latest information on laws and policies be found?Guidance documents are provided for leaders wanting to know more about the new and existing laws.Guidance Documents
On what grounds may a charter be terminated or non-renewed?According to the law, the following are grounds for termination or non-renewal:
•  Failure to meet the requirements for student performance contained in the charter;
•  Failure to meet generally accepted standards of fiscal management;
•  Violations of law;
•  Material violation of any of the conditions, standards, or procedures set forth in the charter;
•  Two-thirds of the faculty and instructional support personnel at the school request that the charter be terminated or not renewed; or
•  Other good cause identified.
NC General Assembly G.S. 115C-218.95
What are the six legislative purposes of a charter school?•  Improve student learning
•  Increase learning opportunities for all students, with special emphasis on expanded learning experiences for students who are identified as at risk of academic failure or academically gifted
•  Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods
•  Create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunities to be responsible for the learning program at the school site
•  Provide parents and students with expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities that are available within the public school system and
•  Be accountable for meeting measurable student achievement results.
NC General Assembly Article 14A G.S. 115C-218

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