TAKE ACTION! Tell Your Senator to vote NO to create an unconstitutional Public Charter Schools Board
On Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 10 a.m., the Senate Education/Higher Education Committee will hear Senate Bill 337 which creates the North Carolina Public Charter Schools Board.
This bill would:
- Create a new board to govern public charter schools which receive public money despite the fact that the North Carolina Constitution requires that the State Board of Education is responsible for the administration and supervision of public schools. Creating this new board specifically for charter schools would create a dual system of schools which will receive public money in violation of our Constitution.
- Eliminate any requirements for teacher certification or college degrees to teach in a charter school, meaning anyone with a pulse and the inclination to teach can be hired to teach in a charter school. A Duke study shows that low-income and minority students are likely to get the least qualified or least experienced teachers. There is every reason to believe that this will continue under Senate Bill 337.
- Lack conflict of interest protections for members of the Public Charter Schools Board even though corporations provide money and land for charter schools. Without any protections against conflicts, there is a great potential for fraud, abuse, and impropriety.
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Send a message to the North Carolina Senate that they must not pass Senate Bill 337.