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.