USA/August 16, 2020/By Carolina Journal Staff/Source: https://chathamjournal.com/
Raleigh, NC – The N.C. State Board of Education rejected a unanimous recommendation from the state’s Charter School Advisory Board to let 3,800 more students enroll at the state’s two virtual charter academies. The education board’s vote was 7-4.
But the six SBE members appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper, and board Chairman Eric Davis, an appointee of Gov. Pat McCrory, voted to freeze enrollment at the virtual charters. The four no votes were from Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, state Treasurer Dale Folwell, and two McCrory picks.
For a board that says it seeks equity in all decisions, with this vote today, they are leaving thousands of students with no truly viable choice. Many of these students live in the poorest communities in our state. With traditional schools closed, families without access to the internet or a virtual academy, as well as numerous students with special needs, are begging for alternatives. Gov. Cooper’s Board of Education should be providing more options, not blocking them.