Legislature appears intent on protecting charter schools from sharing how they spend tax dollars
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Caitlin.Dineen@StarNewsOnline.com

The N.C. House of Representatives today passed a charter school bill that includes a provision to shield individual employee salaries from the public.

The bill, which was sent to a conference committee for further revisions, was approved 62-36.

The latest version of Senate Bill 793 exempts charter schools from the law that requires traditional public schools to release certain employee information, including individual salaries. Charter schools operate on public tax dollars just as traditional public schools do.

Gov. Pat McCrory said earlier this month that he would "veto any attempt to hide the names of charter school employees from the public record."

"It's indefensible," McCrory said, and it's counter to his administration's push for transparency.

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I read all the comments good and bad and I am trying to figure out is why this is such a great stumbling block ? The schools are private industries that contract with the government to provide a service that there is an obvious need for, the business provides the amount of tax dollars they receive. If there is fraud taking place do they not have an audit that should uncover and reports such discrepancies? Surely the state does not just hand out the money with no caveat for accountability.
This is why I question the motivation of some of the inquiries is it because the employees of the private firm are doing a substandard job?
Or is it because the public school supporters want to vilify a business for making a profit?
I look at this way if they are doing a good job of educating children and it is costing us no more than what it costs for public schools then who cares what each individual makes.
If you look at it, it is probably costing us less since we do not have to keep up with the retirement packages.
I all I want is an honest diatribe so we can get down to the brass tax of what is really so outrageous.
As far as taking money away from public school is concerned if the kids are going elsewhere it should be a moot point since the public schools do not have the expense of teaching them.

This is obscene. Demand transparency. I know public school teachers have enough on their plate but it is time to take action. This is an outrage! No matter if your republican or democrat, transparency should be standard. The privately rich educated are walking all over public schools and robbing their resources.

All these clowns need to be removed!

I want a public list of everyone on welfare and food stamps and how much money they make every week.

I said it before and I'll repeat it. Follow the money. Check out who the names of the top paid administrators and then check the donor list of the legislators who are passing and supporting this bogus legislation and I'll be very surprised if you don't find a match.

Anyone else notice that Mitchell and his minions seem to know ahead of time what is going to happen in the legislature before it happens? They told the Star News they would release the names and salaries on July 28, and voila, it is now a moot point. Except that it would seem that they have to release it without names. What form would that take? Administrator 1 with his salary, Administrator 2 with her salary? I do not believe we will ever see a thing. I also recall a Thom Goolsby commercial not too long ago in which he said he was going to put education funds in the hands of teachers and students and not "bureaucrats." Yet he votes for this bill to protect obscene amounts of money going to charter employees. Where is consistency? I guess it went out the door when a rich white man found a way to get richer at the expense of the poor. Goolsby ended that same commercial with, "You ain't seen nothing yet." Guess not.

How much money do you make?

I'll gladly tell you how much my salary costs you as a taxpayer (assuming you pay taxes). ZERO ZILCH NADA. My spouse, on the other hand, whose salary your taxes (again, assuming you pay any) pay are public record. For a group of politicians that preach transparency, they are sure hell-bent on making sure we have no idea what these tax payer funded private schools do with OUR money.

I am a former public employee who was paid by tax dollars. My name, position, and salary were easily accessible on the internet, as should all RBA folks' names and salaries be accessible. A word to all of you who tout charters as going by the same rules as public schools. Guess what? Not so any more.

These are the same Tea-Party nut jobs that cry for transparency with our tax dollars. I guess that's unless it's some of their own receiving those tax dollars.