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NC Governor Has 'A Lot Of Concerns' About Proposed Charter School Bill

Gwendolyn Glenn/ WFAE
Gov. Cooper addresses students at J.M. Alexander Middle School in Huntersville, NC.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said he has concerns about proposed legislation that would allow the towns of Mint Hill and Matthews to operate their own charter schools.

House Bill 514 is strongly opposed by Charlotte Mecklenburg School officials, who say it will lead to increased segregation and higher taxes for residents in those towns.

Davidson town officials voted unanimously this week not to be a part of the legislation. Officials in the neighboring towns of Cornelius and Huntersville have come out in support of HB 514. Davidson officials said there was not enough discussion or public input on the legislation. Speaking at a J.M, Alexander Middle School in Huntersville today, Cooper agreed.

“Before you do anything like that I think you have to have a lot of discussion,” Cooper said. “I would have to see whatever passes, but I have a lot of concerns about it now. I don’t think it’s positive for this area or our state.”

HB 514 was introduced by Republican Bill Brawley who represents the townships that favor the legislation. Brawley and the bill’s supporters say it is needed to ease overcrowding in the area. Some CMS officials say it is a tactic the township officials want to hold over them so their issues get top priority.

Gwendolyn is an award-winning journalist who has covered a broad range of stories on the local and national levels. Her experience includes producing on-air reports for National Public Radio and she worked full-time as a producer for NPR’s All Things Considered news program for five years. She worked for several years as an on-air contract reporter for CNN in Atlanta and worked in print as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun Media Group, The Washington Post and covered Congress and various federal agencies for the Daily Environment Report and Real Estate Finance Today. Glenn has won awards for her reports from the Maryland-DC-Delaware Press Association, SNA and the first-place radio award from the National Association of Black Journalists.