Nesbitt: Charter schools must be diverse, accountable (video)

A Senate education committee resumes debate Wednesday on Senate Bill 8 removing the cap on the number of charter schools in North Carolina.

Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt told reporters Tuesday that Democrats are not opposed to lifting the cap, but are troubled by a provision to establish a separate commission to license and oversee charter schools.

Nesbitt notes that such a panel would operate independently from the State Board of Education and would create redundancies at a time when legislators are trying to cut duplication from state government.

Another sticking point for Senate Democrats is eliminating the diversity requirement for charter schools. To hear Senator Nesbitt’s full remarks, click below:

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One Comment

  1. Jeff S

    February 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    This is the beginning of the end for public schools.

    I’m sure the Republicans are cheering though. They are about to win a hard-fought battle to send their kids to school in an abandoned office park with no cafeteria, no playground and a line of SUV’s dropping them off. The quality of education sucks, the extracurriculars are non-existent, but hey… at least they’re with kids from “families like us”.

    All this is funded by people with money who sent their kids to private schools. They have convinced the middle class to support them and they’re unknowingly shooting themselves in the foot. You’re being led off a cliff by people who do not care about you.