NC loses RTT money–lack of charter schools to blame?

North Carolina missed out on the first round of Race to the Top stimulus funds, ranking 12th out of the final 16. The North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools thinks it’s because of the state’s reluctance to lift the cap of 100 charter schools in the state. Here’s the press release sent by the Alliance:

“North Carolina’s arbitrarily low limit on the expansion of public charter schools and its lack of equitable public charter school funding data proved a “significant contributing factor” to its rejection in President Obama’s Race to the Top first phase funding.

Repeatedly stressed among the five Race to the Top reviewers was North Carolina’s low cap on public charter schools coupled with no future plans for growth. This, along with the lack of provable data demonstrating financial equity between North Carolina charter schools and traditional public schools, caused North Carolina to score significantly lower than first round winners Delaware and Tennessee.

Eddie Goodall, President of the North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools, stated:

“Along with the school districts across North Carolina we share the disappointment of not getting any of the half billion dollars awarded today in the “Race to the Top” funding. The second round of applications are due in June and three and a half billion more federal dollars for our nation’s schools is at stake. North Carolina has a second chance to do the right thing and raise the public charter school cap allowing for the growth of quality public charter schools.” Continue reading

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