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Charter Schools

FIRST ON 3: Charter Day School, Inc., state filing omits employee information

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videoA local charter school group's submission of records to state regulators omits a significant portion of the required information. 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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Douglass Academy taken off state watch list

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State officials have removed Douglass Academy in Wilmington's Northside from a state watch list due to increased enrollment at the charter school. Full story...
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StarNews files lawsuit against Charter Day Schools Inc.

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videoThe StarNews Thursday filed a lawsuit against Charter Day School Inc. alleging that the school group is not following the state's public records law. Full story...
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Wilmington charter school meets enrollment requirements

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videoA Wilmington charter school says it has the right number of students as it started its second year today. Last year, Douglass Academy only had about half of the enrollment required by state law. 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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State lawmaker says, "There's no value in" disclosing salaries with names

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videoOne North Carolina lawmaker doesn't want names attached to charter school salaries in the public record. The North Carolina House approved legislation that would block charter school to do that. Rep. Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg) sponsored the amendment in the charter school bill. Full story...
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Roger Bacon Academy/Charter Day School releases staff salaries, still breaking law withholding administrator info

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videoThe company behind several area charter schools has finally released information about staff salaries requested by several media outlets including WWAY, but still has not released information about administrator pay. Full story...
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State agency orders release of charter school company salaries

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The state Office of Charter Schools is asking The Roger Bacon Academy to release employee salaries by June 27 in response to a complaint filed with the office earlier this month. The request comes a week after the education management company, which has three charter schools in Southeastern North Carolina, released some employee counts and salary costs, but not individual breakdowns. Full story...
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Most new NC charter schools not ready to open

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Most of the new charter schools approved in North Carolina are not ready to open. The Charlotte Observer reported that 19 of the 25 charter schools approved for opening this year still have to show state officials that they have enough students, classrooms and plans in place to open in August. Full story...
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Senate committee ok's NC charter school changes

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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. Full story...
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