New Senate Charter Bill Moves to full Senate for Vote

Alliance Member Clary and Senator Tillman

Raleigh - “Senators Dan Soucek and Jerry Tillman should be thanked today by every charter school parent, student, and teacher for their sponsorship of this new legislation,” said NC Alliance Chairman Baker Mitchell today.  “Working with the charter school community to level the playing field, we now have a bill that prevents charter students from being treated like second-class students and allows them to approach equity with their district brothers and sisters,”  Mitchell added.

Alliance Board Member Debbie Clary, an 18-year veteran of the General Assembly, is in charge of Governmental and Membership Relations for the Alliance; and she reflected on her many exchanges with legislators on the numerous items in the bill.  “A number of items were introduced as clarifications to the existing law.  These items did not change the intent, but some entities were taking advantages of ambiguities or loop-holes to short-change the charter schools. And we have been working closely with the General Assembly to remedy these situations,”  said Clary.  “This bill now moving to the floor of the full senate is a huge step toward its becoming law, and we are grateful to Senators Tillman and Soucek and the other committee members for their hard work on this bill,” she explained.

Mitchell said the bill is posted on the General Assembly web site and he encouraged all charter directors to become familiar with its new language.

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. Join today at http://www.ncpubliccharters.net/join-us/  and let your voice be heard!

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