Two groups representing North Carolina’s burgeoning charter school movement announced Friday they will merge.

“By joining together, we can focus on providing the support charter schools need so they can deliver the education our students deserve,” Lisa Gordon Stella, board chair of the Raleigh-based N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools, said in a notice of the merger.

The Charlotte-based N.C. Public Charter Schools Association split from the alliance a few years ago because of clashes between association founder Eddie Goodall, a former state senator from Union County, and alliance founder Baker Mitchell, who runs a chain of charter schools in southeastern North Carolina.