RALEIGH — Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue, as expected, Friday signed into law a measure lifting the cap on charter schools, handing a victory to parents looking for more options for their children.
The law, long pushed by Republican lawmakers, raises a cap that restricted the number of charter schools in North Carolina to no more than 100. Charter schools are taxpayer funded schools, but operate independently of the rules that govern most public schools.
The measure has long been a matter of contention in the legislature, with organized teachers voicing concern that charter schools would hurt traditional public schools. But a compromise measure passed overwhelmingly this week, unanimously in the Senate and by a 108-5 margin in the House.
This bill will allow for more choices in our education system and for the growth of charter schools while still keeping the authority for making decisions where it belongs with the State Board of Education, Perdue said in a statement.
Charter school must be approved by the State Board of Education and must meet performance standards to stay open.