State Board of Education, legislators divided over virtual charter schools, reports NC Policy Watch

from NC Policy Watch

by Sara Ovaska

The N.C. Board of Education is poised to pass rules Wednesday that would restrict the way virtual charter schools operate in the state, despite the objection of legislative leaders that say the state board is overstepping its powers.

The state board, the entity that sets rules and oversees K-12 public education in North Carolina, plans on voting at their Wednesday meeting to limit the number of virtual charters, set a lower funding amount for online-based charter schools than brick and mortar school and require that applications come directly to the N.C. Board of Education.

But the chairs of the N.C. General Assembly’s Education Oversight Committee — state Sen. Jerry Tillman and state Reps. Bryan Holloway and Linda Johnson — don’t want the state board to set policies regarding virtual charter schools.


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