School choice likely to increase in North Carolina

With Republicans about to be in control of the N.C. General Assembly for the first time in more than 100 years, the cap on North Carolina charter schools could be raised or altogether done away with.

Charter schools are “nonsectarian public schools of choice that operate with freedom from many of the regulations that apply to traditional public schools,” according to U.S. Charter Schools. The schools are publicly funded by local, state and federal tax dollars and are held accountable to the standards of the state and federal government.

The North Carolina charter law, passed in 1996, allows a maximum of 100 charter schools in the state and only five per school district per year.

N.C. Rep.-elect Jeff Collins, R-District 25, wants to abolish the 100-charter school limit so parents will have more choices on where to send their children to receive their education.

“I believe that parents are the most important decision-makers in their children’s lives when it comes to education,” Collins said.

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