PEFNC applauds approval of SB 8 by House Education CommitteePosted: March 15, 2011
|PEFNC applauds approval of SB 8 by House Education Committee
Parental school choice takes another big step forward
|RALEIGH – North Carolina families are one step closer to having their hopes and dreams realized thanks to the House Education Committee’s approval of Senate Bill 8 this morning.The measure will eliminate the state’s cap of 100 charter schools and establish a commission overseeing charters, among other provisions. Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) is pleased that the updated bill addresses concerns regarding food and transportation for low-income students and will lead to more quality schools in our state.
But more importantly, it provides hope for the more than 20,000 parents currently on charter school waiting lists and for those like Sylvia Wolff, who wants to start a charter in Corolla so students can receive more individualized attention and not endure a two hour ride to and from school.
“This is democracy at its best,” PEFNC President Darrell Allison said. “Government is responding to the desires of its citizens. Republicans and Democrats are working together to address their differences. I think we will see more of this as the charter bill moves forward. At the end of the day, it’s a win-win situation. It is a win for elected officials who work across the aisle on important matters like this as well as a win for children across our state. I applaud this type of collaboration and it’s our hope that we will quickly see a charter bill passed in the days to come.”
The bill is expected to go to the House Finance Committee and then to the House floor for a final vote.