A legislative bill that establishes a North Carolina Public Charter School Board, removing most charter-school oversight from the State Board of Education, could have a negative impact on both the original intent for charter schools in this state and the funding of conventional public schools. Opposed by Bill Cobey, the current administration’s board of education chairman, SB 337 was passed by the Senate last week and is now being considered in the House. Sen. Ralph Hise, Republican of Spruce Pine is the only WNC co-sponsor of the bill. Sen. Martin Nesbitt, Democrat of Buncombe County, voted against the bill; Sen. Tom Apodaca, Republican representing Buncombe and Henderson counties, voted in favor.
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