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North Carolina's Nosedive: The Disgraceful State of Its Charter School Law

Tuesday, July 9, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Veronica Brooks-Uy
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As a proud resident of Raleigh, watching North Carolina continuously pass harmful laws that weaken the quality of its charter schools has been like watching someone you love make bad choices over and over again, falling further and further from grace.

Early on in chartering, a handful of states had such weak laws and accountability that they were sometimes referred to as the “wild, wild west.” Thankfully, over time, these states have seen the light and taken steps to ensure their laws embody the three pillars of charter schools—accountability, autonomy, and access and equity for all—in ways that provide more good options for students and protect public interests.

Unfortunately, North Carolina is on an inverse trajectory.

NC’s Nosedive

North Carolina began its backslide in 2015, when the legislature amended the state’s law to automatically renew charter schools for 10 years, as long as they made “substantial progress.” Unfortunately, the State Board defined substantial progress without any reference to meeting academic performance expectations in a charter contract, which has allowed demonstrably failing schools to remain open.

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