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).