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Nonprofit group files ethics complaint against Baker Mitchell, Roger Bacon Academy



The executive director of a nonprofit charter school advocacy group has filed a complaint with the N.C. State Ethics Commission against Baker Mitchell, founder of several charter schools in Southeastern North Carolina.

Eddie Goodall, the executive director of the N.C. Public Charter Schools Association, alleges in his complaint that Mitchell violated the state ethics act by using his role on the state Charter School Advisory Board to "(enhance) his own business interest."

Goodall filed the complaint against Mitchell on May 23. He also filed a similar complaint against Paul Norcross, who founded Phoenix Academy charter school in High Point in 2000. The State Ethics Commission has 20 days to respond to the complaints.

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If you are a teacher, then you realize that the schools in our area are severly lacking. some of the lowest test scores in the state. now check the scores of RBA. if you want to go so deep into discrediting my opinion then att least have the guts to provide your real name. i am a taxpayer and a public school student myself but getting. back to the point of my primary comment, I feel like Baket Mitchell is providing a worthwhile and much needed service in our area. He works there and other campuses everyday. If he is building his personal portfolio while in the process well good for him. I Am pleased

with the education my child recieved there. Guess what? I am entitled to my opinion. just like you are to yours, more convincingly because

I Have had experienced the school first hand.__

Deborah White

I was not questioning the quality of anyone's education. I was simply responding to your query about why you didn't get a tax refund while you were paying for your child to attend private school. I'm glad your pleased with your experience at RBA and you're right, you are entitled to your opinion. However, if your opinion is that you should receive a tax rebate because you sent your child to private school, then your opinion is wrong.


Right. nothing is free. what was taken from my payroll i sincerely hope went to RBA. I was pleased with what my child received in grades 1-8. By the way he attended WCA his first year of Kindergarden. Why didn't I get a refund from the public school system since I did not use them? As far as corporations go...that is a different animal entirely. at least it is not a government official taking and providing nothing. Atlas Shrugged ( a good read for A.Teacher)

D. White

The same reason I didn't get a refund when I don't drive on your street. It's the public education system. It benefits you and the entire area, whether you use it or not. People who have never had a child in their life still pay taxes that support public schools. And you don't think the public education system benefits you? Next time you go to the Doctor or Dentist, ask them where they went to school. Ask the nurse taking your vitals or the hygenist cleaning you teeth if they're public school educated. The policeman protecting your street was probably public school educated. The grocery clerk ringing up your purchase and the guy flipping your burger? Also Public school educated. So tell me again how it doesn't benefit you?


I wish everyone would leave him alone. This country was founded on Capitalism . Why is he being punished for being sucessful especially when he is using his property to provide a much needed free service to our children? It is a better alternative than the public school system.

Your point?

This country was also nearly gutted by people and corporations that were guilty of the same unethical practices this guy is using. Wake up! You can provide alternatives without ripping off tax payers. This guy used his influence to benefit himself financially. That's not what our country was founded on.

He's not providing a free service, he's bilking tax payers

He's not providing a free service, and is it really capitalism to accept public funds to provide services within set guidelines, take that money and only do half the work?

Taking in funds for a full compliment of students, cashing the checks (vouchers) and then send a huge chunk back to the public school system (to be paid for again) is fraud.

It also burns me up that charters schools get the full allotment per student when they don't have to provide ALL comparable services that public schools do like lunches, transportation, sports teams, etc.

Those should be prorated.