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NC House passes bill that protects charter schools from full disclosure

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RALEIGH, NC (WWAY)-- A new bill passed in the state house would protect charter schools from full disclosure.

WWAY and other media outlets asked for the salaries at the charter schools run by Roger Bacon Academy. We have received teachers salaries, but not management salaries, like Baker Mitchell.

This bill, that's on its way to governor Pat McCrory's desk keeps this information from the public. You'll still be able to find out how much teachers make at charters schools, like Charter Day School in Leland.

"It requires the employees of the charter school who are employed by the board of directors to be subject to open records," Representative Jon Hardister said.

Hardister says you won't be able to get the same information for a management company, like Roger Bacon Academy.

"Because some charter schools are operated by a for-profit management company," he said.

Baker Mitchell, who manages Roger Bacon Academy falls under this category.

"A company that is for profit that contracts for lawn care, for cafeteria service, sporting equipment or something of that nature," Hardister said.

Technically, Mitchell is a contracted employee. So, you can't know what his salary is.

"Are we going to say they have to open up their employees to public record?" Hardister asked.

To that question, Representative Susi Hamilton says yes.

"Why should it be any different for the charter schools, because charter schools are funded with public money? If taxpayer money is being spent, there should be that transparency," Hamilton says.

However, Hardister says this bill provides more transparency than ever.

"For the first time ever.. Anyone employed by that board, which is the ultimate authority, is subject to open records," Hardister explained.

Governor Pat McCrory still has to sign the bill before it is complete. He told us he still shares concerns about transparency for all employees and lawyers are reviewing the interpretations of this new law.

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war has declared on public education

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.

The specific costs incurred,

The specific costs incurred, including salaries or wages, for ANY company or service provider that is funded with tax dollars should be public record, period. If they are being paid with MY money, I want to know specifically how it is being spent.

Contruction worker

So, you think the salary of the guy working on the side of the road should have his salary posted? The company he works for does receive state money. Also, how about all the people that work at GE? GE does receive state money.

Be careful what you ask for

Both of you are wrong!

If the guy on the side of the road is a "contractor" being paid with taxpayer money, his name does not get disclosed as he is NOT a government employee, he is a contractor. And it is not "government" money. The government doesn't "earn" money, they simply take it from the taxpayers and spend it however they like.

Secondly, GE and other corporations only receive "state money" as you call it, for incentives for job creation. This helps the company offset the cost of facility expansions, equipment costs, etc and are normally one-time pay-outs. There is huge return for these incentives to include jobs, tax basis, real estate sales, community growth, etc. In the case that the job creation effort falls through or doesn't meet expected goals, the incentives are repaid as GE has done in the past.

JJ

If the guy working on the side of the road is a state employee, his salary IS public record. Bottom line is, these people are hiding how they spend our tax dollars. There's a reason they are hiding it. And we need to make it MORE difficult to hide it, not less. These very Republican legislators run on, and are elected on the promise of Government transparency. I guess that transparency doesn't apply to them or their cronies.

Guest000000

You are correct, the guy on the side of the road is not a state employee. Neither are the employees at RBA they work for RBA.

RBA is under contact with the state the same way the paving company is. So, if RBA has to do it so would anyone else that receives state money under contact. This would include places like GE.

Also, if you remember the Dems ran on the same thing. Just encase you missed it

http://www.propublica.org/article/obama-details-promises-for-transparenc...

Wake up JJ

The difference is, as taxpayers, we need to ensure that every dollar that is allotted for STUDENTS is being used for STUDENTS and not to pad the school owner's pockets. I don't care if it's Democrat, Repubican or whatever. However, it was the Repubicans idea to allow for these taxpayer funded private schools and now they try to do away with existing transparency laws? Every Public school system accounts for every tax dollar spent. The same should hold true for Charters.

republicans are like snakes

republicans are like snakes only good ones are dead ones . ti wish this was a republican free state. hi i wish this was a republican free . world , i wish they all died and burn in hell. please republicans shot yoursefts

Wouldn't work

Can't everybody be like you and be on welfare. You need Republicans to work and pay the taxes you sponge from.

Since you don't work, try to get an education.

guesty

Thanks! You took the words right out of my mouth!!

well dean, the other day i

well dean, the other day i asked 2 dogs a similar question, I asked them would they rather be a dead dog or a Demorat, both of them hit their back and thru their feet straight up in the air, you get the point!!! and I bet if the truth was known, judging from your spelling, they both had more education and common sense than you do! Woof, Woof

So, you're discussing

So, you're discussing politics with dogs......hmmmmmm. If you're on something, you need to get off it. If you're not, maybe it is time to give "something" a try. All politicians are snakes, but the Republicans do seem to sink lower in the wagon ruts than any other party.

Whassa mattah? You haven't been getting your free stuff lately?

Your EBT card running a little low at the end of the month? Haven't been able to pump out the babies fast enough to make you welfare checks grow?

Well, my, my! Tell us more 'bout them wagon wheel ruts you seem to be so familiar with!

re:snakes

What a crappy analogy.

Another fine example of our

Another fine example of our elected officials protecting their pals. Wonder how much the schools leaders slipped into the politicians pockets for this little courtesy?

Lets see

If Pat McCrory is a man of his word.
He said recently that full disclosure was needed and that he would veto any bill that stated otherwise.
Will he veto or will he not?
(Hint - he can veto and I'd bet he gets over ridden - which allows him to "keep" his word and still allow his donors a hiding place....

Mitch Baker is a crook, pure and simple......

Vog

re: Lets see

Check with any physician who is in private practice, and you will find most of them own their own building yet lease it back to their corporation. All legal.

Since that is what Mr. Baker is doing, how does that make him "a crook"?

Really

Vog46, I am sure you have never meet Mr. Baker. So, to say he is a crook is way out of line. I am sure if he was a crook the witch hunt that WWAY has been on would uncovered something by now.

Why don't you take your Yankee A$$ back up north where you came from. I know we don't do it the way you did up there.

jj

I have met Mitch Baker

My opinion stands.

Vog

The same?

Are you referring to Baker Mitchell fron Charter Day School or Mitch Baker the attorney?