NCAE reacts (then reacts again) following comment by Sen. Tillman

It all starts with the article below….

The GOP targets public education for deep cuts

From Bob Geary at

In Room 643, the vast committee room on the top floor of the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh, it was last rites for the Democratic Party’s control of education policy in North Carolina. Both co-chairs of the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee, Democrats Doug Yongue of Scotland County and Tony Foriest of Alamance County, had been swept from office in the Republican landslide Nov. 2, making the atmosphere close to funereal as the committee met briefly last week to wrap up its business. “Real changes in the way we do business,” Sen. Foriest said, will be coming under Republican control.

Rep. Ray Rapp, a Madison County Democrat and retired Mars Hill College dean, asked that the committee go on record in favor of, above all, protecting education funding as the GOP slashes spending to close a $3.7 billion budget gap for fiscal 2010–11. “We cannot eat our seed corn,” Rapp said.

Several Democrats joined Rapp in expressing the hope that Republican Sen. Jerry Tillman, a retired public school administrator from Randolph County and part of the new Senate leadership team, would put his lineman-size body in the way of severe education cuts.

Tillman, said Sen. Bob Atwater, D-Chatham, “is a big man in more ways than one……”


And it seems that Senator Tillman’s comments didn’t sit well with NCAE…..


NCAE’s Initial Reaction:


NCAE’s Revised Action Alert:


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NCAE Now Supporting Lifting the Cap on Charter Schools

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.

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Additional Reading:

Great Article from the N&O on the Charter School Cap





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