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Charter schools to be allowed to expand without approval from State Board of Education
Posted By Lindsay Wagner On June 27, 2013 @ 10:56 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled
A bill originally intended to address charter school enrollment priority for siblings was significantly changed yesterday to allow charter schools to expand without prior approval from the State Board of Education, as current law requires.
HB 250 , to be heard on the Senate floor today at noon, would enable public charter schools to expand the grades they offer without needing prior approval from the State Board of Education, regardless of the impact on local public school districts.
A recent story by WUNC  details how Arapahoe Charter School’s request for expansion would impact the lone high school in Pamlico County. Arapahoe’s expansion request was denied by the State Board of Education, possibly due to this compelling impact statement  submitted by Pamlico County Schools, which explains the devastating effect the charter school’s expansion would have on their public schools.
Arapahoe has since appealed the State Board of Education’s denial for their expansion request, and their case is currently with the Office of Administrative Hearings.
If the bill passes today, Arapahoe Charter School would be able to expand despite the State Board of Education’s denial.
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URLs in this post:
 HB 250: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/House/PDF/H250v4.pdf
 A recent story by WUNC: http://wunc.org/post/tipping-point-arapahoe-charter-pamlico-schools-and-choice-rural-nc
 compelling impact statement: https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=10399&AID=11249&MID=768
 Green light for bill to allow charter schools to expand without State Board of Ed approval: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/07/03/green-light-for-bill-to-allow-charter-schools-to-expand-without-state-board-of-ed-approval/
 Charter school expansion bill on Senate floor this afternoon: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/07/02/charter-school-expansion-bill-on-senate-floor-this-afternoon/
 Senate amendment undermines basic tenet of public education: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/06/28/senate-amendment-undermines-basic-tenet-of-public-education/
 Two key charter school bills behind closed doors on Jones Street: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2013/07/11/two-key-charter-school-bills-behind-closed-doors-on-jones-street/
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