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State Board of Education to talk charter takeover model next week

Innovative School District Superintendent Eric Hall

Members of the State Board of Education will consider multiple policies next week governing a controversial program that would allow charter operators to assume control over selected low-performing schools.

North Carolina lawmakers approved the program last year, citing an urgent need for reforms in some of the state’s most struggling schools, although critics pointed to middling results in other states as reason for pause.

State officials in the so-called Innovative School District (ISD) office—formerly called the Achievement School District—hope to select a pair of elementary schools for takeover in the 2018-2019 school year.

Based on the draft policies, those schools that meet certain state-prescribed qualifications would be listed this month. State board members would receive a final list of potential schools in October and board members would take a vote by December.

Charter operators would be granted broad powers over school operations, including hiring and firing powers, in selected schools.

Read Policy Watch’s 2017 Q&A with ISD Superintendent Eric Hall here.

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