Eddie Goodall, outgoing state senator for the Mint Hill area and director of the North Carolina Alliance for Public Charter Schools, announced today that he is glad NC received the federal Race to the Top dollars. However, Goodall hopes charter schools see some of that money.
“Many charters, like our district counterparts, are seeing their budgets stretched and deserve their share of the award. With North Carolina’s looming fiscal deficit and knowing our state’s taxpayers have to pay the federal taxes to fund Race to the Top, naturally we want our share of the $4.35 billion program.”
The Obama Administration created the Race to the Top program to award states federal dollars based on the level of innovation. The cornerstone of this innovation was the advancement of charter schools.
North Carolina did not raise its cap on charter schools, but did pass legislation that would create “charter-lite” schools, much to Goodall’s chagrin. We will know this Wednesday just what about NC impressed the judges for RttT dollars. Said Goodall:
“We will look at the Reviewers’ comments and scoring on the charter section with interest since the state has done nothing to expand successful public charter schools. The General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1201, Cooperative & Innovative High Schools, which only created “charter lite” high schools, a far cry from the charter school improvements we thought the Obama Administration was calling for.”