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Charter schools sue state over funding

Posted September 21, 2009

— Seven charter schools, including one in Rocky Mount, filed suit Monday over North Carolina's system of educational funding.

North Carolina law prohibits counties and local school districts from providing funds to charter schools for facilities, which the charter schools maintain violates the state constitutional provision for a uniform system of public schools.


“Creating the public charter school system, without providing a uniform opportunity to those students to receive capital outlay funds from counties and local school administrative units is, even in its simplest terms, fundamentally not uniform treatment," Bob Orr, executive director of the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law, which is representing the charter schools, said in a statement. "Public charter students should have a uniform opportunity to get the funding that traditional public schools get, plain and simple.”

Rocky Mount Preparatory School is among the schools involved in the suit.


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  • SO LOW Sep 23, 2009

    Why shouldn't there be a public school of choice? These schools succeed mostly in part from the parent volunteers. Everything is transparent and guess what? There is money in the bank. They don't come to the parents every week needing reams of paper b/c the money got spent on something else. It goes to the school and the teachers plus then we have about five fund-raisers throughout the year.

    I pay taxes and I play the lottery at times- my vote is fund them to the level they fund the traditional schools. Give us alternatives!!!!!! Best school in the county so is the charter schools on both counties that join mine.

  • whateveryousay Sep 23, 2009

    SOLOW--- that sounds like a better program than the one in my area. i have just heard and seen not great things from the one here. But for me, mine are doing really well in the schools they are in, so....from a funding perspective... guess I should research and return:)

  • emily1066 Sep 23, 2009

    If you don't want your children in a regular public school, send them to a private school. There should be no school of choice and no option to go out of district to a "better" school.

  • SO LOW Sep 23, 2009

    I have a child that attends a charter school and yes, they should receive the funding. It is a public school of choice. The problem (for some) with attending the charter school is that you are forced to be a part of YOUR child's education. You are required to put in a certain amount of hours of volunteer at the school per month. They also provide VERY limited busing; which means you more than likely will have to pick-up and drop-off.

    Very structured environment similar to a private school! I also love the fact that the school board does not govern them- we elect our own school board and everything including the funding is VERY transparent! I love it- it's been a win, win for both me and my daughter. Hope this passes. Those lottery funds need to go somewhere, they sure haven't helped the traditional schools at all.

  • whateveryousay Sep 23, 2009

    We have one in our town, it's where the "problem" children go. School starts at 930 gets out at 230, when I am in the shopping center near the 'charter',and the kids are on lunch break, they are usually smoking, cussing up a storm and running around the parking lot.....

    There are I am sure a few good kids that do go I would assume.

    Funding... hmmmm? From what I understand, they get the money, but don't have to follow the dame rules and criteria as the regular schools.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 23, 2009

    msudawg, do you consider your charter school a public school? If not, why should they get a dime of public money? And then, what's stopping Islamic or Satanic schools from getting public assistance?

  • msudawg Sep 22, 2009

    "If parents wish to put their kids into alternative school formats, thats their business. As a taxpayer, I rather have only one public system for the government to manage."

    Charter schools are a much better alternative than traditional public schools and they are all ready monitored so what new government system would it be creating. All public schools fall under NCDPI and are monitored.

    If the state constitution says all schools are to be treated uniformly then my rights as a taxpayer are being violated because my children attend a top notch charter school that actually outperformed all of the Eastern Wake County public schools.

  • rand321 Sep 21, 2009

    I do not see why the taxpayers of the state should fund multiple schools and school formats. I do not want to taxpayer money to have to fund more positions to monitor and manage the charter schools.

    If parents wish to put their kids into alternative school formats, thats their business. As a taxpayer, I rather have only one public system for the government to manage.

  • whatelseisnew Sep 21, 2009

    Actually the smarter thing to do would be to eliminate the facilities and make all schools the same as the charters.

  • YourConscience Sep 21, 2009

    I am 100% in support of this action. I think that charter school format forces parents to become more involved with the education of their children. Parents of charter schooled children are required to commit a small predetermined amount of hours each month in helping at the school with the children. This involvement, this colaboration/partnership by the teacher/parent produces happier, smarter, and more successful young men and women. The curriculum of Charter schools are much more defined and focused. Public schools are sadly becoming nothing more than a glorifed day care, for parents to have more free time. The carter school program should be expanded beyond the 100 school limit now legislated within the state, and funding should be equal to public schools. The current situation is outragous and needs to be addressed immediately.