Legislative Agenda2018-11-05T11:09:17+00:00

Legislative Agenda

The Association is committed to being a voice for charter schools across the state.  Each year we create a legislative agenda in preparation for the upcoming session of the General Assembly and share it with the charter school sector and the public.  With the support of our school membership, legislative committee, and lobbying team, we build relationships with legislators and key stakeholders and educate them on current issues and challenges faced by charter schools.  Our goal is to achieve equitable state policy for North Carolina’s charter schools.  As the number of charter schools will reach the 200 mark in the next couple of years and as the Association continues to grow, we will get closer to realizing this goal.

 
 

2018 Legislative Agenda

 

Facts about North Carolina’s Charter Schools

  • Authorized by the State Board of Education, Charter Schools are tuition-free public schools of choice that are operated by independent non-profit boards of directors.
  • There are 185 charter schools in the state, educating nearly 7% of all public school students which is over 100,000 students this year.  Charter Schools are held to the same accountability standards as district schools.
  • The North Carolina Association for Public Charter Schools (NCAPCS) is the leading Charter School membership organization in the state.  NCAPCS is dedicated to advancing quality educational opportunities for all children in North Carolina by supporting and expanding successful Charter Schools.  NCAPCS serves as an advocate on behalf of all North Carolina public Charter Schools in addition to providing a broad spectrum of technical support, mentoring, training, networking, and purchasing services to its membership.

 

Charter School stakeholders have identified the following areas as legislative priorities:

  • Expand Transportation Grant funding to allow all Charter Schools offering transportation, regardless
    of the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch, to apply. Expanding the transportation costs eligible for reimbursement through the Grant would further advance the mission of increasing diversity, so it should include bus driver salaries.
  • Allow County Commissioners to fund capital and technology projects at Charter Schools
  • Increase parity of Charter Schools in grant and funding opportunities.


How are Charter Schools funded in North Carolina?

 

Charter Schools

District Schools

Local Funds excluding Capital Expenses

YES

YES

Local Funds for Capital Expenses

NO

YES

State Funds

YES

YES

Federal Funds

YES

YES

Buses

NO

YES

Facilities

NO

YES


 

For more information, contact Rhonda Dillingham, Executive Director, (336) 669-9996 or email rhonda@ncpubliccharters.org