House Bill 250, signed by Governor McCrory on July 26, enacts more Goals set by the Alliance alongside newly enacted SB337. The NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools began its efforts in early 2010 to bring a number of needed improvements to the original charter law of 1996. Sponsored by House members Hardister, Brandon, Stam, and Lambeth, H250 has been signed by the Governor and is now law.
Expands Siblings: The old law created uncertainty in the definition of siblings when it came to admissions in the lottery process. Rigid interpretation of the old law seemed to disallow step-brothers and step-sisters as siblings. Also foster children living in a home with other children were also disallowed. The new law includes all of these children to be eligible under the term “sibling” when a charter board sets up its policies for lotteries.
Employee Preference Equity: The old law allowed only the principal and teachers’ children to be given preference in the lottery. The new law allows the charter school’s board to adopt broader, fairer policies for including the children of any full-time employee.
Assured Grade Expansion: A charter school can now expand its school by adding the next higher grade without having to seek permission from the State Board.
Enrollment Increase: A charter school can now increase its enrollment in accordance with its approved charter without a second approval by the State Board.
Please note that S337 went through over nine revisions with numerous amendments, and H250 had over five major revisions. Each change required scrutiny to ensure that charter interests were protected at each step of the legislative process.
These initiatives urged by the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools are another strong win for our schools. As a Chair of a 2013 Charter School, Pinnacle Classical Academy in Shelby, NC, I assure you I have our best interest in the forefront of every piece of legislation. http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/House/PDF/H250v7.pdf
Survey Results Are In...
Thanks to the PCA parents for taking part in an important parent survey. As promised, PCA’s Board of Directors plan to engage parents, via parent surveys, as we feel strongly that you should be a part of the decision making process. The survey was conducted to aid our board in making some important decisions concerning transportation, after school care and lunch catering. Below are the results and the decisions based on your feedback.
- 82% of parents replied that they would be transporting their children to school
- 38% of parents preferred an after school program and daycare pick-up
- 62% of parents indicated they would pack a healthy lunch for their child
After School Care
In response to the after school care survey responses, PCA has arranged with the Dover YMCA to pick-up students after school. We have also confirmed that Westview Church Daycare and LaPetite will also pick-up students after school. PCA is open to working with other daycares to arrange pick-up.
With the overwhelming number of parents packing lunches, it would be difficult to contract a caterer. We will begin the school year asking all parents to pack lunch with a liquid for their student. If parents choose to hire a caterer at some point during the school year, the PEAK organization will arrange a caterer. Most prices for catering averaged $3.00 per day and need a commitment of at least 180 students.
Again, we want parents to make these important decisions, and we respect your input. Please feel free to contact me with any ideas or concerns. I look forward to visiting with you at the next PEAK meeting. The PEAK meeting schedule is below. PEAK meetings will be held at the school in the cafetorium from 6pm until 7pm.
- August 15, 2013
- September 17, 2013
- October 17, 2013
- November 19, 2013
- December 19, 2013
Debbie Clary, Board Chair
Pinnacle Classical Academy