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Charter Day School leader speaks about staff and salary disclosure

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videoYesterday state regulators told a local charter school company the information they submitted about employee salaries last month is incomplete. Today, a company leader responded publicly. Full story...
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State: Charter Day School salary submission incomplete

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videoState regulators say a local charter school company failed to meet the requirements for information it asked for two months ago. Full story...
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Deadline looms for charter schools to submit contract info

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Tomorrow is the deadline for charter schools to comply with a public record directive from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Full story...
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McCrory to leave charter school company transparency to NC School Board

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videoGov. Pat McCrory this summer demanded transparency for the way charter schools spend public money. A bill he signed today guarantees public access to some of that information, but lets companies that run the schools keep private other information about their spending. Full story...
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Douglass Academy meets enrollment numbers for upcoming school year

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videoState regulators say a Wilmington charter school should have enough students this fall. Douglass academy had until today to provide records showing they have at least 65 students. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Mitchell quits NC Charter School Advisory Board

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videoAmid controversy and a federal investigation, Roger Bacon Academy founder Baker Mitchell has resigned from the state's Charter School Advisory Board. Full story...
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Charter school company delays response to records request

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Charter Day School Inc. said Monday it needs more time "to determine the scope of response required" to requests from the StarNews for public information. The nonprofit, which oversees four charter schools in Southeastern North Carolina, had previously agreed to respond to the StarNews' requests on or before Monday, July 28. Full story...
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Legislature appears intent on protecting charter schools from sharing how they spend tax dollars

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videoThe 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. Full story...
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Roger Bacon's Baker Michell rationalizes why transparency with public funds doesn't apply to him

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The following was posted Monday on Baker Mitchell's website. Mitchell is the CEO of Roger Bacon Academy, which runs three local charter schools in the area and is trying to launch a fourth. WWAY has repeatedly requested salary information regarding the administrators and headmasters who run the charter schools. Full story...
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Latest release from charter schools still missing requested information

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videoAn area charter school company has released more public information we requested, but they are still not giving us everything we've asked for. Charter Day School, Inc., Which oversees Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville and Douglass Academy in Wilmington, released the schools' budgets to us, but they still won't say what administrators make. Full story...
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Charter Day School information response leaves many questions

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video More than six weeks after WWAY requested information regarding faculty and staff salaries, the non-profit behind a group of area charter schools has responded to public information requests from WWAY and other area media outlets, but the response still leaves questions about how money is spent. Full story...
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Roger Bacon Academy public records request delayed

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videoIt's been more than a month since we requested names, salaries, and positions of all faculty and staff of Roger Bacon Academy. If the educational management company does not turn over the information in a reasonable time frame, it could lose its charter. Full story...
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Nonprofit group files ethics complaint against Baker Mitchell, Roger Bacon Academy

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videoThe 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. Full story...
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State Board of Ed delays Douglass Academy decision

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videoDouglass Academy does not have enough students according to state law, but that is not stopping them from teaching, at least for now. Today the NC Board of Eeducation met in Pembroke to discuss the next steps for the charter school. Full story...
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StarNews Editorial: Charter schools need to tell taxpayers what they're getting for their money

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State officials are interpreting the laws that created independent charter schools to exempt them from the same level of financial scrutiny as the traditional public schools – even though millions of taxpayer dollars are siphoned from the public schools to charter schools annually. Full story...
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