The Charlotte Observer hits the nail on the head with this editorial on the latest controversy surrounding North Carolina’s supposedly public charter schools:
“It’s disappointing that officials of some N.C. charter schools are trying to evade full disclosure of who gets paid what at the schools. Charters are ‘public’ schools and should be subject to the same transparency requirements as all other public schools.
Republican State Rep. Charles Jeter and State Sen. Jeff Tarte, both of Mecklenburg County, get that. Said Jeter, who has children at Pine Lake Preparatory charter school: ‘You can’t pick and choose when it’s convenient [for disclosure]. If they [charter schools] want to play in that arena, they need to play by public law.’
Tarte wrote in a newsletter: ‘When any organization that receives state funds refuses to comply with state laws, their state funding should be withheld…. Paraphrasing Thoreau, civil disobedience has consequences.’
We hope neither backs away from those common sense positions as some charter schools try to carve out spurious exceptions….
So, while it may be uncomfortable for charter schools to release this information – as it is for traditional public schools – it is the law. The employees are public employees, and as such their salaries are open to public scrutiny.”
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