Clearly an effort to roll with the political tide, NCAE has opted to rethink their long standing opposition of raising the cap on charter schools….
This, from one of the association’s ‘Daily Political Briefings’:
The NC General Assembly gavels the 2011 legislative session on Wednesday, and it is widely expected that the 100-school cap on charter schools will be lifted within the first two weeks of GOP control.
NCAE President Sheri Strickland said if the General Assembly lifts the cap, it should be done in small increments so the State Board of Education and the Office of Charter Schools can monitor quality and performance.
“We understand lifting the cap on charter schools is a campaign promise the new leadership plans to fulfill,” Strickland said. “We support their efforts to lift the cap if it’s done to ensure every child in charter schools is given access to a quality education.”
Strickland said NCAE was not committed to a specific expansion number, but any increase over 100 should allow the Office of Charter Schools (in the NC Department of Public Instruction) to fulfill oversight responsibilities.
Great Article from the N&O on the Charter School Cap