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NC House doesn’t back change to charter school oversight

Neuse Charter School in Smithfield is among nearly 150 charters in the state that wouldn’t be subject to Department of Public Instruction oversight under legislation that passed the Senate recently.
Neuse Charter School in Smithfield is among nearly 150 charters in the state that wouldn’t be subject to Department of Public Instruction oversight under legislation that passed the Senate recently.

The N.C. House voted unanimously Tuesday against Senate legislation to take oversight of charter schools away from the state Department of Public Instruction.

The Senate had rewritten a bill originally approved by the House that would allow charter schools to charge fees for extracurricular activities. The sponsor of the change, Republican Sen. Jerry Tillman, said the oversight change is needed because DPI is hostile toward charter schools.

Tillman declined to provide examples for his concerns, and Democrats opposed the shift, saying DPI has done a good job overseeing charters.

House Republicans apparently didn’t favor Tillman’s addition, and Rep. Charles Jeter of Mecklenburg County motioned to send the bill to conference committee negotiations between the two chambers. He declined to speak on the floor about reasons for the move.

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