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NC Lawmaker: Let Charters Take Over Low-Performing Traditional Public Schools


A movement is underway in the North Carolina General Assembly to let charter school operators take over the lowest-performing traditional public schools. Those schools would be part of what’s called an “achievement zone.” Republican Representative Rob Bryan of Mecklenburg County is leading the way. He’s chairman of a committee that’s studying the issue.

“From my perspective, it’s not OK to have kids in school that are persistently underperforming,” Bryan says.  “And as a former Teach for America teacher, I know we can do a better job.”

His idea is to let charters with a proven record of success run the state’s five worst performing schools. It would be a pilot program. A superintendent position would be created to identify those five schools. Bryan tells WFAE’s Marshall Terry that selection process would be complicated.