A bill making quite a few changes to how Charter schools operate in North Carolina will be sent to the Governor for signature.
House Bill 242 changes some language and criteria regarding the renewal of charter schools. The old language was stricken and new sections were added that clarify the process. Much of the language is the same, but appears to be reorganized.
A new section was added to the state statutes which involves identifying low-performing charter schools annually:
“§ 115C‑218.94. Identification of low‑performing and continually low‑performing charter schools.
(a) Identification of Low‑Performing Charter Schools. – The State Board of Education shall identify low‑performing charter schools on an annual basis. Low‑performing charter schools are those that receive a school performance grade of D or F and a school growth score of “met expected growth” or “not met expected growth” as defined by G.S. 115C‑83.15.
(b) Identification of Continually Low‑Performing Charter Schools. – The State Board of Education shall identify continually low‑performing charter schools on an annual basis. A continually low‑performing charter school is a charter school that has been designated by the State Board as low‑performing for at least two of three consecutive years.”
The bill also notes what happens to low-performing charters and the criterion for closing them:
If a charter school is continually low‑performing, the State Board is authorized to terminate, not renew, or seek applicants to assume the charter through a competitive bid process established by the State Board. However, the State Board shall not terminate or not renew the charter of a continually low‑performing charter school solely for its continually low‑performing status if the charter school has met growth in each of the immediately preceding three school years or if the charter school has implemented a strategic improvement plan approved by the State Board and is making measurable progress toward student performance goals. The State Board shall develop rules on the assumption of a charter by a new entity that includes all aspects of the operations of the charter school, including the status of the employees. Public assets shall transfer to the new entity and shall not revert to the local school administrative unit in which the charter school is located pursuant to G.S. 115C‑218.100(b).
View more education bills via the NC Dept. of Public Instruction’s Legislative Update newsletter dated 6/24/16.