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The mission of the NC Public Charter Schools Association (“Association”) is to grow and sustain high quality public charter schools that nourish North Carolina’s children and enrich their families. NC Public Charter Schools Association is a membership coalition of NC charter schools established to serve, represent, and advocate for the interests of the schools and their children, parents, educators, and staff.
The Association’s focus is on the interests of the state’s existing schools and helping ensure their success. The Association will be operated as a 501(c) (6) not for profit, non partisan organization.
You can get an idea of what we’ve done in the last year below.
In quality educational opportunity for all children,
About the NC Public Charter Schools Association
The Association is a non-profit North Carolina corporation established in December of 2011, with operations beginning in 2012. We are an organization operating exclusively for exempt purposes as set forth in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Forms 990 for the calendar years 2012 and 2013 are located on our website at “About Us”.
Our Board of Directors includes Dr. Jane Young, Jim Stegall, Eddie Goodall, and Julie Ayers. Association policy is directed by a school member only Association Board of Advisors (ABA) for 2014-15 that includes: Carroll Reed (Southern Wake), Eugene Slocum (Alpha Academy), Heather Soja (Uwharrie), Rudy Swofford (Summerfield), Simon Johnson (Quality Education), Tom McCarthy (Arapaho), Natalie Brozy (Roxboro Community), Steve McAdams (Endeavor), Dave Machado (Lincoln Charter), Kirby McCrary (Millennium), Cynthia McQueen (Torchlight) and Antoinette Ellison (INVEST Collegiate).
Our strength and ultimate success, however, lies in the day to day working partnerships we have with volunteers, educators, administrators, policy-makers, legislators, businesses, and public supporters who believe that choice and positive competition using high quality public charter schools are owed the children of North Carolina and represent good public policy!
The mission of the Association is to grow and sustain high quality public charter schools that nourish North Carolina’s children and enrich their families.
We are the state’s leading and only fulltime charter advocate organization, providing legislative oversight, training workshops and conferences, communications forums, and leveraging the sector’s buying power working with our almost 100 business partners.
What have we done in the past year?
• Held a statewide conference, attended by 650 in Greensboro July 14-17
• Celebrated National Charter Schools Week
• Held 2 January charter job fairs in Greensboro and Charlotte in conjunction with “National School Choice Week”
• Maintained a vibrant website with nearly 100 content pages and 1,100 posts of relevant charter news since inception
• Issued our comprehensive monthly e-Newsletter, “Matters of Principal”, and other timely and critical news to our 4,000 subscriber list
• Monitored almost every State Board, Advisory Board meeting, and Senate and House Ed Committee meeting
• Consulted with and helped develop charter applicants for several charter applicants including providing “mock interviews”
• Solicited and placed interested citizens on applicant charter boards
• Attended charter board of director meetings across the state
• Provided ISIS accounting and financial services for schools
• Worked on charter issues with national and state policy makers including extensive involvement with 2013 state charter legislation
• As a member, worked with the State Leaders Council of the National Alliance, attended the last 5 national conferences in Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Washington DC, and Las Vegas, as well as regional meetings across the US
• Created a business membership network approaching 100 members of companies vowing to support charters and add value to our member schools including several “Getting Down to Business” workshops and set up a business member service “Directory”
• Selected by Momentum Ventures as its North Carolina charter buying coalition partner bringing huge discounts to our member schools
• Held a training workshops for school leaders and educators
• Spotlighted our “”Charter Champions” during the year, crediting those “moving the ball” for the charter movement in our state
• Used e-surveys, webinars, & teleconferencing to more fluidly communicate with school leaders given their limited time available
• Participated in several community “conversations” panels involving charter education, including UNCC, Greensboro Leadership, Charlotte Leadership, Public School Forum, MeckEd, et al
• Provided TV, radio, and print news from dozens of interviews and press releases
• Visited at least 70 different charter schools since 2010 including speaking at school events, ribbon cuttings, etc.
• Directly served member schools with advice and support in facilities, financial, employee benefit, public relations, legislative, dispute mediation, and many other issues
• Selected and recognized “Member of the Month” charters
• Began our “Headmasters’ Head Table” school site meetings that included Raleigh Charter High, Cornerstone, Torchlight, Lake Norman Charter and Sugar Creek
• Created an interactive charter school website map
• Started a member school website “Forum”
• Added a fulltime administrative staff person and a part time Director of School Support
• Communicated with our Association Board of Advisors weekly to get the members’ advice and direction for our organization