SB 8 - Repeal on the Number of Charter Schools Allowed - Key Vote
North Carolina Key Votes
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (68-51) - April 11, 2011
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (33-17) - Feb. 24, 2011(Key vote)
Title: Repeal on the Number of Charter Schools Allowed
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that establishes the North Carolina Public Charter School Commission and removes the cap on charter schools.
- Establishes the North Carolina Public Charter School Commission as an agency independent of the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction, with a governing board consisting of the following members (Sec. 2):
- 2 members appointed by the Governor;
- 4 members appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate;
- 4 members appointed by the General Assembly upon recommendation by the Speaker of the House; and
- The Superintendent of Public Instruction or the Superintendent's designee.
- Specifies the powers and duties of the Commission, including, but not limited to, the following (Sec. 2):
- Determine the schedule and deadlines for the submission of charter school applicants;
- Provide technical assistance to charter school applicants and charter schools;
- Adopt policies regarding all aspects of charter school operations and monitor the operation of charter schools;
- Oversee the process for accepting and approving applications and make final approval of charter applicants;
- Take any actions regarding renewals, nonrenewals, and revocation of charters; and
- Prepare an annual report to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee of the General Assembly.
- Authorizes a board of education to convert a school to a charter school if the local board of education serves as the board of directors of the charter school, whereas existing law required the board to form a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation before converting a school to a charter school (Sec. 2).
- Prohibits the Commission from restricting the number of students a charter school may enroll (Sec. 2).
- Repeals the requirement of charter schools to provide busing or any other mode of transportation to any particular student (Sec. 2).
- Authorizes charter schools to use funds allocated by the State Board of Education or the county to acquire equipment, property, buildings, and mobile classroom units for use as school facilities (Sec. 2).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) - Jan. 31, 2011
- Richard Y. Stevens (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
- Austin Murphy Allran (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
- Thomas M. 'Tom' Apodaca (NC - R)
- Stanley Walker 'Stan' Bingham (NC - R)
- Andrew Coley Brock (NC - R)
- Harry Brown (NC - R)
- Peter Samuel 'Pete' Brunstetter (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
- Debbie Ann Clary (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
- Thomas C. 'Thom' Goolsby (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
- Malcolm Graham (NC - D) (Out Of Office)
- Richard Wallace 'Rick' Gunn Jr. (NC - R)
- Kathryn Gray 'Kathy' Harrington (NC - R)
- Ralph Edward Hise Jr. (NC - R)
- Neal K. Hunt (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
- William Brent 'Brent' Jackson (NC - R)
- Wesley A. Meredith (NC - R)
- Eldon Sharpe 'Buck' Newton III (NC - R)
- Louis M. Pate Jr. (NC - R)
- Jean Rouse Preston (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
- David Rouzer (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
- Daniel Frederick Soucek (NC - R) (Out Of Office)
- Jerry W. Tillman (NC - R)
- Wyatt Thomas 'Tommy' Tucker Sr. (NC - R)