As State Board of Education considers charter school expansion, questions remain about accountability (video)

The North Carolina State Board of Education will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday and Thursday in Raleigh, where they will once again discuss charter schools.

The Board will review an application timeline for schools hoping to open in Fall 2014, and consider final approval for 25 more charter schools, which were awarded preliminary charters last year.

Board members may want to devote some time to discussing oversight following an N.C. Policy Watch investigation into Quality Education Academy, a Winston-Salem- based charter.

Policy Watch reporter Sarah Ovaska found two-thirds of the players on Quality Education Academy’s basketball rosters from 2008 to present came from other states and nations to attend the K-12 school. Their educations were subsidized by taxpayers who sent $13.2 million in state, federal and local funding to the school for the same time period.

Ovaska appeared on News and Views with Chris Fitzsimon over the weekend to discuss her findings and the window the story offers into the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s struggles to hold charter schools accountable.

To hear Ovaska discuss her story, check out the Radio Interview section of the NC Policy Watch website where you can download the podcast or click below for a short excerpt of that interview:


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