STATEMENT FROM STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION CHAIRMAN BILL HARRISON AND STATE SUPERINTENDENT JUNE ATKINSON ON THE APPROVAL OF THE CONFERENCE REPORT TO SENATE BILL 8
"We applaud the General Assembly for approving legislation to support the growth of quality charter schools in North Carolina. The State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction are committed to addressing issues of diversity, access, funding, transparency and performance in our charters schools. This legislation will guide us in this important work and will enable charter schools to better meet the needs of students across the state."
The approved legislation, as revised in Conference Committee:
- Lifts the existing cap on charter schools. There will be no minimum or maximum limit on the number of charter schools permitted to operate each year.
- Continues to give the State Board of Education authority to approve and renew charters.
- Requires the State Board of Education to set clear performance standards for charter schools so that the Board can identify and assist or close those schools that are inadequate and failing students.
- Requires the State Board of Education to report to the General Assembly on the activities of its charter school advisory committee, the charter school application process, profiles of charter school applicants and basis for approval or rejection, and state resources required for implementation of charter school laws.
To view the approved version of the bill, visit http://legislative.ncpublicschools.gov/resources-for-legislators and select the appropriate link under "Charter Schools."
About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.
For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.