Affirmations of Goals, Means, and Accountability

North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools

On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of charter school stakeholders across the state, the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the guardian for charter founders and operators.  The Alliance seeks to ensure that the original purpose of charter schools and the achievements proposed and approved in current and future charter applications are preserved.

The mission of the Alliance is to be a strong voice that speaks transparently for the good of all public charter schools and their students.

1. Affirmation of Goals – the Purpose

In furtherance of the Mission of the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the Board of Directors hereby affirms its full support for the Purpose of North Carolina’s charter schools as set forth in the General Statute cited below.

  • To authorize “a system of charter schools”
  • To authorize “opportunities for teachers, parents, pupils, and community members to establish and maintain schools” and that
  • These public charter schools shall “operate independently of existing schools.”

2. Affirmation of Means – the Operations

In furtherance of the Mission of the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the Board of Directors hereby affirms its full support for the following means by which charter schools are authorized under the statute to conduct their Operations in order to accomplish their Purpose.

  • The board of directors of the charter school shall decide matters related to the operation of the school, including budgeting, curriculum, and operating procedures.
  • Per pupil funding allocated from federal, state, and local sources shall be equal to that of all other public school pupils.
  • A charter school shall operate under the written charter contract with its authorizer.  A charter school is not required to enter into any other contract.
  • A charter school is a tuition-free public school and must admit any child who applies and who resides in North Carolina.
  • Except as provided in the NC charter law and pursuant to the provisions of its charter, a charter school is exempt from statutes and rules applicable to a local board of education or local school administrative unit.

3. Affirmation of Accountability – the Requirements

In furtherance of the Mission of the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the Board of Directors hereby affirms its full support for the following Requirements of accountability under the statute of North Carolina’s charter schools.

  • Parents may withdraw their children from a charter school at any time, and the school will forfeit any future funding that may have accompanied that child.
  • Charter schools shall administer and publicly report summaries of all academic achievement tests that are required of other public school students as well as any additional testing specified in the school’s application.
  • Charter schools shall, under the state’s single audit act, engage an outside auditing firm to audit both the finances of the school as well as the school’s compliance with other provisions of the law. Such an audit shall be conducted under the provisions of the Local Government Commission and reported to them from whence it shall be provided to other agencies and interested parties.
  • Charter schools shall post their compliance with other agency regulations at least annually.  Such agencies include the local Fire Marshall’s inspection, the local Health Inspector’s report, status with regard to OSHA compliance, and compliance with Exceptional Children’s regulations.

 

  • Part 6A. Charter Schools.

§ 115C‑238.29A. Purpose.

The purpose of this Part is to authorize a system of charter schools to provide opportunities for teachers, parents, pupils, and community members to establish and maintain schools that operate independently of existing schools, as a method to accomplish all of the following:

(1) Improve student learning;

(2) 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;

(3) Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods;

(4) Create new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunities to be responsible for the learning program at the school site;

(5) Provide parents and students with expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities that are available within the public school system; and

(6) Hold the schools established under this Part accountable for meeting measurable student achievement results, and provide the schools with a method to change from rule‑based to performance‑based accountability systems.
(1995 (Reg. Sess., 1996), c. 731, s. 2.)

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