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NC charter school groups to join forces

Posted February 26

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— North Carolina‚Äôs two charter school advocacy organizations announced Friday they have agreed to combine into a single organization, according to a news release from the two groups.

The North Carolina Public Charter Schools Association and the N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that begins the process of combining their operations. The signed understanding begins a review process of financial and legal documents, which will determine the structuring of the new organization.

Both groups will continue their operations while this process is underway. The N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools is hosting its annual conference in Charlotte on March 9-11, while the N.C. Public Charter Schools Association plans to host its annual conference this summer in Asheville July 30- Aug. 1.

The chairpersons of the organizations, Jennifer Lucas of the Association and Lisa Gordon Stella of the Alliance, will serve as co-chairs of the new entity, and current members of each board will be invited to combine and continue their work as a single board. Lee Teague, executive director of the association, will act as interim executive director of the new entity.

"This is a tremendous step forward for public charter schools in North Carolina. By joining together, we can focus on providing the support charter schools need so they can deliver the education our students deserve," Gordon Stella said in a statement.

"I'm excited to serve thousands of students, staff and parents by focusing our collective efforts in support of all North Carolina public charter schools, and I am confident that by working together we will achieve great things in education by doing what is best for kids," Lucas added.

The agreement is expected to be made final this summer and the new entity announced.

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