House blocks plan on charter school control

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina House lawmakers have blocked a plan that would give the legislature more clout over the state’s charter school authority.

The House voted on Tuesday against a Senate plan to shift the Charter School Advisory Board and its related office under the jurisdiction of the State Board of Education, whose members must be confirmed by the General Assembly.

The state Office of Charter Schools is a subdivision of the Department of Public Instruction and the chair of the Advisory Board is appointed by the governor.

Under the new law, the board’s chair would be elected by its members, who are selected by the governor, both chambers of the legislature and the State Board of Education.

The House and Senate will now form a committee to work out a compromise.

There is one charter school in Robeson County. Southeastern Academy is located on N.C. 41, just outside of Lumberton.

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