Raleigh – The NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools announces its full support for SB 337 sponsored by Senators Jerry Tillman and Dan Soucek and the companion House bill H443 sponsored by Representatives Hager, Starnes, Hardister, and Johnson. http://vimeo.com/62759832
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Highlights of this Legislation
NC Public Charter School Board: This legislation creates an eleven-member board that will have governance authority for charter schools. The board will be appointed by the Speaker of the House, President Pro Tem of the Senate and the Governor, with three appointments from each. The State Treasurer and the Lt. Governor will serve on the Board, along with the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Increased Accountability: Clarifies that the Charter Board may establish requirements for applicants in addition to the requirements set forth in the statute. Full Compliance with IDEA: The bills clarify that charter schools must be in full compliance with IDEA for the education of children with special needs.
Parental Rights: Insures that parents get due process whenever a charter school seeks to return a student to the local school administrative district under the terms of its charter.
Leasing Unused School Buildings for $1/year: The legislation clarifies the utilization of unused public school property and the lease fees charged by the district public schools to the charter schools. Lease fees are limited to $1 per year. It is the position of the NC Alliance and in the best interest of taxpayers who have already paid for the property to be used for education that taxpayers should not be charged for the same property twice. The public charter school is responsible for all maintenance and insurance.
Prompt Reimbursement: These bills mandate that the LEA transfer the per pupil share of the local expense fund within 30 days of the receipt of the money into the local current expense fund. The transfer must include a detailed accounting of how the LEA determined the amount.
Attorney Fees Reimbursed: The legislation states that the court shall award court and attorney fees to the prevailing party in an action to enforce the payment of the per pupil local expense fund.
About the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools (“The Alliance”) is the state’s only 501(c)(3), nonprofit, non-partisan organization with an all-volunteer Board of Directors combining over a century of first-hand experience in charter school operations, law, policies, and finance. The Alliance mission is to advance quality educational opportunities for all North Carolina children by supporting and expanding successful public charter schools and it serves as the advocacy organization and voice for charter schools in North Carolina.