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Charter groups to merge

Two charter school advocacy groups working in the state announced Friday they are merging.

The N.C. Alliance of Public Charter Schools and the N.C. Public Charter Schools Association announced Friday they have agreed to combine their operations.

Former state Sen. Eddie Goodall formed the N.C. Public Charter Schools Association in 2011 after leaving as head of the N.C. Alliance of Public Charter Schools.

Goodall announced earlier this year he was leaving the association so charter advocates could unite.

The combined group will keep the association name. Lee Teague, who took over from Goodall, will be its interim executive director.

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

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