State Board of Education Delays Review of Virtual Charter School Policy

The North Carolina State Board of Education decided Wednesday it would postpone its review of a preliminary virtual school policy due to the absence of Joel Medley, director of the state’s Office of Charter Schools.

The policy contains “a lot of really dense language,” said Melissa Bartlett, chairwoman of the Leadership and Innovation Committee, which oversees charter schools.

A death in the family prevented Medley from attending. “With [him] not here,” Bartlett said, “I feel very uncomfortable even opening this important discussion.”

Virtual charter schools have so far met with resistance in North Carolina. A superior court judge effectively blocked an educational company called N.C. Learns from opening a virtual charter school earlier this year, a move that was supported by the N.C. School Boards Association and the N.C. Justice Center. Read more about the N.C. Learns case here. 


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