Equal Funding Means Equal Rules

‪#‎NCGA‬ is once again stripping funds from traditional public schools to give $$ to charters, calling it 'equality.'

When do traditional schools get the 'equality' of setting their own schedules?
When do traditional schools get the 'equality' of being independent of General Assembly meddling?
When do traditional schools get to be free of public oversight of spending?
When do traditional schools get to set their own curriculum?
When do traditional schools get to be free of providing bus transportation for students?
When do traditional schools get to be free of providing lunch for students?
When do traditional schools get to demand parents put in a required number of volunteer hours?
When do traditional schools get to be free of the safety requirements that do not apply to charters?
When do traditional schools get to choose their students and reject those with issues that make learning difficult?
When do traditional schools get to be free of providing services for students with disabilities?

Talk about equality.
When will charter schools open their facilities for use by the public?
When will charter schools be required to hire certified teachers?
When will charter schools be required to provide after school sports activities and teams?
When will charter schools be required to plow every dollar given to them into actual education instead of allowing it to go to out of state management companies?
When will charter schools be required to meet the needs of the Common Good instead of being allowed to create private profits/

Make the rules equal, then we can discuss equal funding.

Asheville-Buncombe schools estimate HB 539 will cost them over a million dollars in funding. And NCGA has made it harder for those who disagree to file suit against this bill.
http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/2015/09/22/nc-senate-considers-shifting-money-charter-school...

Laura Crumpler, a special deputy attorney general, wrote Sept. 9 that the portion of the bill dealing with supplemental school taxes would probably violate the section of the state Constitution providing for such taxes. It appears to direct that the proceeds be spent within the area where the extra tax is levied, she wrote.

There have been legal disputes over charter school funding in the past. State law already provides that the party that loses a lawsuit over funding has to pay the winner's attorney fees.

The bill to be voted on Thursday would also require that the loser pay the winner five percent of the money at issue.

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Equal is equal, except in NC.

I want equality, too. Either charters have to be held to the same standard as traditional public schools, or traditional public schools get to operate under the same conditions as charters.

Put your NCGA rep's number into your cell phone so you can call as often as needed--tell them equality in funding equals equality in conditions.