North Carolina’s new charter school cap

Eddie 2014 Conference facing rightAn open letter to North Carolina parents from Eddie Goodall, former executive director of the N.C. Public Charter Schools Association:
Dear N.C. parent,
Today, as you look around you do not see the neighborhood charter school that you perhaps envisioned for your child. We took surveys and found that 70 percent of you wanted the cap lifted and the anticipated landscape for public education appeared fertile for planting charters. However, beneath the soil we did not see the toxins that have strangled the charters that could have sprouted and thrived.
Let me tell you about why you don’t see a charter nearby.
In the first five years in which charters were added, the Office of Charter Schools (OCS), a division of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, designed a series of technical requirements to deem a charter application “Incomplete.” For example, if a biography of a board member was 1.5 pages versus 1 page, the application was tossed in the trash can.
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