Support HB334

ACTION REQUESTED TODAY: House Bill 334 monumental for public Charter Schools 

Did you know that support and oversight of NC’s public charter school students is currently relegated to the 5th rung of the State’s education infrastructure?

  • HB334 is vital for improving public education in NC. The Charter School Advisory Board is currently the 5th rung in the State’s educational infrastructure, leaving them virtually powerless and often unable to be heard by the State Board of Education. HB334 will ensure the direct representation both to and from the State Board of Education that public charter schools and our students deserve (see chart at bottom). 
  • Currently, HB334 is in a Conference Committee that will decide it’s fate. Please add your name below to send vital information about this bill to the members of that committee.

For each name submitted below, members of the HB334 Conference Committee will receive a message urging them to support HB334. Will you and your household join us in amplifying the voice of NC’s public charter schools?

Support HB334!

Dear Conferee,

Two weeks ago, Lt. Governor Dan Forest stated that, "Thriving and successful charter schools are essential to North Carolina meeting its educational goals in the future."

HB334 is vital for improving public education in NC. The Charter School Advisory Board is currently the 5th layer down the State’s educational bureaucracy, leaving them virtually powerless and often unable to be heard by the State Board of Education.

The NC General Assembly remedied this problem for NC’s existing schools of choice in 1979, stating that, “it would be better public policy to make certain that neither of the ‘educational competitors’ can exercise governmental regulatory authority over the other – especially since the Public Schools of North Carolina today enroll about 90% of the compulsory attendance age children of the state.”

Seventeen years later, in 1996, Charter Schools were introduced to NC. Unfortunately, the same regulatory protection provided to NC’s other schools of choice was forgotten for Charter Schools. Now, Charter Schools serve nearly 70,000 NC students and due to enrollment capacity limits, another 30,000 are on waitlists. Since the lifting of the “Charter Cap” in 2011, Charter Schools are flourishing now more than ever. Thus, it is essential that Charter Schools be placed on an equal footing with their educational competitors in district schools.

I know that public charter schools are providing some of the best educational outcomes in the State at lower costs, and, fortunately for NC families like mine, their numbers are increasing rapidly and will continue to. HB334 will ensure the direct representation both to and from the State Board of Education that Charter Schools and our students require.

HB334 does not increase funding for Charter Schools, nor does it decrease accountability.

I ask you to help me and my family by supporting school choice and HB334. Thank you.

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