POLICY AND LAW FAQ FOR PARENTS

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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
Are Board documents subject to the Public Records Law?Yes. Public record or public records shall mean all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, films, sound recordings, magnetic or other tapes, electronic data-processing records, artifacts, or other documentary material, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance in connection with the transaction of public business by an agency of North Carolina government or its subdivisions shall mean and include every public office, public officer or official (State or local, elected or appointed), institution, board, commission, bureau, council, department, authority, or other unit of government of the State or of any county, unit, special district or other political subdivision of government. The public records and public information compiled by the agencies of NC government or its subdivision are the property of the people. Therefore, it is the policy of this State that the people may obtain copies of their public records and public information free or at minimal cost unless otherwise specifically provided by law. As used herein, minimal cost shall mean the actual cost of reproducing the public record to public information. The charter school and board of directors of the private nonprofit corporation that operates the charter school are subject to the Public Records Act Chapter 132 of the General Statutes, and the Open Meetings Law, Article 33C of Chapter 143 of the General Statutes. Notwithstanding the requirements of Chapter 132 of the General Statutes, inspection of charter school personnel records for those employees directly employed by the board of directors of the charter school shall be subject to the requirements of Article 21A of this Chapter. The charter school and board of directors of the private nonprofit corporation that operates the charter school shall use the same schedule established by the Department of Cultural Resources for retention and disposition of records of local school administrative units.Public Records Law
Article 14A. G.S. 115C-218
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
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
Are charter schools required to display NC and US flags and recite the Pledge of Allegiance?As stated in the charter school law: A charter school shall (i) display the United States and North Carolina flags in each classroom when available, (ii) require the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance on a daily basis, and (iii) provide age-appropriate instruction on the meaning and historical origins of the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. A charter school shall not compel any person to stand, salute the flag, or recite the Pledge of Allegiance. If flags are donated or are otherwise available, flags shall be displayed in each classroom.NC General Assembly G.S.115C-218.80.Display of the United States and North Carolina flags and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
State Flag, Official Governmental Flags, Motto, and Colors.

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