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Charter schools must disclose salaries, say state education officials in a reverse decision

As reported today in the Charlotte ObserverState Board of Education chairman William Cobey along with State Superintendent June Atkinson have gone on the record to say that the state’s charter schools, which are public, should disclose the salaries of all their employees — a reversal of a March announcement by top education officials who said that charter schools are not obligated to make salaries public.

“Public charter schools should disclose how they spend all tax dollars, including salaries paid,” N.C. Board of Education Chairman William Cobey said in a recent email.

“Charter schools are set up and organized as public schools. Therefore I believe salaries are to be open to the public for review,” state Superintendent June Atkinson said Monday.

Last month, a DPI spokeswoman said that because a charter school’s employees are employed by a private, nonprofit board, they shouldn’t be subject to the same public records law that public schools must comply with.

That statement was at odds with the conclusion of the special counsel for the N.C. General Assembly, who said charter schools must disclose salaries.

Chairman Cobey and Atkinson plan to send a letter to all charter schools next week, informing them of their duty to disclose salaries of all of their staff.

Read the full Observer story here.

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