The North Carolina General Assembly continues to do everything other than what’s necessary to help secure federal Race to the Top funds through enacting meaningful charter school expansion legislation.

Read the Carolina Journal’s take here.

The House Education Committee passed SB 704: Reform Low-Performing Schools Thursday. The bill allows local boards of education, under rigid authority from the State Board of Education, to operate schools “with the same exemptions from statutes and rules as a charter school.” The legislation makes clear that it “shall not be interpreted to increase the maximum number of charter schools.”

Senator Goodall stated:

“In North Carolina’s first Race to the Top application, they tried ‘charter-like’ reform approaches. Now they are trying ‘charter-lite.’ It did not fool federal Race to the Top reviewers then, and it will not fool them now. North Carolina stands to lose over $400 million in federal Race to the Top funds if it continues making token symbolic gestures rather than enacting meaningful growth in North Carolina’s charter school environment.

Much more important than the money are the futures of our 1.4 million children looking up to us to provide them a sound basic education.”