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Down-ballot Superintendent’s race focuses on school choice, oversight (Audio)

John Tedesco, the Republican challenger in the race for North Carolina superintendent of public instruction, says he is a strong advocate for school choice. But Tedesco tells N.C. Policy Watch that he believes that there needs to be more oversight of charter schools and virtual for-profit charters seeking to expand across North Carolina.

The state Office of Charter Schools has just three full-time consultants to oversee 133 charter schools. (As Matt Ellinwood noted Tuesday that is one consultant for every 44 schools.)

Tedesco agrees that ratio is a concern, noting that the state doesn’t want charter schools opening up so fast that it sets them up for failure.

Tedesco joins us this weekend on News & Views to discuss school choice, his four-point plan for revitalizing public education, and his bid to become the next state Superintendent. (Next week, we’ll hear from incumbent Dr. June Atkinson on the program.)

For a preview of Tedesco’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below.

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One Comment

  1. Jeff S

    September 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Can someone explain #4? Do any of these mean anything at all? Or are they just buzz words wrapped in a sentence? It’s not clear. It’s not a vision, and it certainly is not a plan.

    Not that I care. I am much more interested in the agenda of those financing his campaign than I am the words coming out of his mouth at the moment.

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    Empower Parents and Strengthen Communities

    1. Reduce state bureaucracy and red-tape to transfer more controls to local education authorities.

    2. Strengthen school choice initiatives and even provide extended opportunities for public charter schools, traditional public schools, and homeschools to collaborate together.

    3. Work with local school districts and community leaders to close the valve on the school-to-prison pipeline.

    4. Build on our shared American cultural values, ensure our Constitution is being taught in a rich format, strengthen American History curriculum, and call for more civic engagement and service based learning for students.