Judge charter schools by their accomplishments

This issue skirts the border between social conservatism and good education policy. My view is to let them expand charter schools, give them a fair playing field, and judge the results. I was speaking to a Mecklenburg County elementary school teacher yesterday. She has tenure, but is much worried about the impact of 1,500 jobs cut.

Some state legislators will use the success of local charter schools in a push to lift the cap of 100 charter schools statewide when the General Assembly convenes Wednesday.

Charter schools are monitored by the state Board of Education but operate independently of the local school system and generally get less state money than that allotted to traditional public schools.

Legislators of both parties believe the measure will pass and quickly, said state Rep. Danny McComas, R-New Hanover. But he did not have any insight into what regulations would be placed in the legislation.

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