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N.C. Association of Educators condemns McCrory’s signing of charter takeover bill

McCrory ASDAs we reported Wednesday, Gov. Pat McCrory has signed House Bill 1080, a controversial new law that could speed for-profit charter takeovers of five low-performing schools in North Carolina.  

Now, North Carolina’s largest advocacy organization for public school workers—the N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE)—is condemning McCrory’s move.

“NCAE called on Gov. McCrory to veto the Achievement School District bill that damages our public schools, but instead he wants to take the chance on a takeover scheme that is unproven at best, unaccountable, and could replace transformation teams that are already working,” said NCAE President Mark Jewell in a statement. “Instead of looking out for our public school classrooms, Gov. McCrory is looking out for the mega for-profit charter operators. ”

The legislation, backed by most Republicans and a handful of Democrats in the state legislature, will create a statewide “achievement school district” for the schools, which will be chosen by a superintendent tapped by the State Board of Education.

Management of the schools, including staffing powers, could be turned over to for-profit, charter operators.

The reform has been met with muddled results and bitter controversy in other states, but backers have pitched achievement school districts as a means for shoring up long-struggling public schools.

Critics, including many public school advocates and groups like the NCAE, have instead blasted the reform for potentially wresting public schools from local school boards and turning them over to for-profit groups.

Members of the State Board of Education are expected to begin rolling out the district this fall.

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