More on the November Elections

The North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools recently blogged about the upcoming election and how to find out how our candidates for public office feel about charter schools and raising the cap on charter schools in North Carolina.  I am re-blogging below with their permission.

I have been asked if the Alliance will publish a “voter’s guide” for the election now in process. We have not and the only one I am aware of with a question about charters is the NC Family Policy Council’s. Its fourth question was “Should the General Assembly remove the cap on the number of charter schools allowed in the state?”

Here are the NC Senate responses and here are the NC House responses.

There was only one vote on charters during 2010. On June 17, 2010 I made a motion to Senate Bill 1201 to remove the cap on charter schools and the motion was “tabled”, meaning the motion itself would not be voted on at all. The vote for the tabling is also attached. Those voting “aye” voted to table, ending the opportunity to remove the cap. The vote was 26-20 to table.

All of you likely know the charter cap has been a partisan issue for years following the Charter School Act’s bi-partisan passage in 1996. Republicans have favored lifting the cap and Democrat leaders, who control committee bill referrals, have generally not allowed charter bills to be heard. That does not mean there are no charter supporters among the  Democrats of course.

For 2011, the Republican caucus has committed publicly to lift the cap. I have emailed the Democrat senate leader, Martin Nesbitt, for his party’s plan regarding charters.

Eddie Goodall

President, NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Please make informed decisions about the General Assembly candidates, as they affect charters.

The Learning Center! Charter School is non-partisan and cannot and does not endorse candidates.  However, we do encourage you to be aware of candidate positions, and more importantly, their legislative history, and by all means vote!

The Learning Center! Charter School’s sole intent is to provide our  school community with information about what is happening politically in  our state regarding charter school law.  We solely seek to inform.


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