Members of a State Board of Education committee met Monday to consider a draft agreement with winners of a virtual charter school pilot program that would require them to provide computers or other technology to needy students.
Explaining that equal opportunities must be provided to every child in accordance with the state constitution, N.C. Office of Charter Schools Director Joel Medley outlined the provision in the agreement that would force virtual charter schools to provide any student, should she need it, with a computer or internet access at no cost.
The provision reads:
7.1 Pursuant to the Constitution of North Carolina which declares that “equal opportunities shall be provided for all students, the Virtual Charter School cannot deny a child access to this program. If a child is properly admitted through the lottery but cannot afford the appropriate connectivity or equipment, the Virtual Charter School shall provide that access and equipment at no cost to the family
7.2 The Nonprofit will ensure that all of its advertising and marketing materials includes a statement that no child will be denied admission on account of inability to afford the necessary equipment and connectivity.