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Senate committee ok's NC charter school changes

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KATELYN FERRAL
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Charter schools in North Carolina may soon be subject to the state's open records and meetings law.

A Senate education committee approved new changes to charter schools Wednesday that would make school and employee personnel records subject to public records law like employees of traditional public schools.

The bill would also remove fees for renewing a charter, and drop requirements that the Charter School Advisory Board make decisions in writing.

The bill would also allow schools with single gender missions to limit admission on the basis of gender.

The measure would also allow charter school teachers to serve on the school's board of directors.

One Democrat, Sen. Malcolm Graham, D-Mecklenburg, voted against it. Graham said the changes move charter school rules too far away from the original intent.

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