A virtual charter school with the potential to siphon millions of dollars from traditional public schools will pit school-choice advocates against the state’s education establishment at a Monday court hearing.
A Wake County Superior Court judge is scheduled to hear arguments on whether an online charter school program that would be run by a for-profit company should be allowed to open in North Carolina in August, as a state administrative law judge ruled in May. The state Board of Education hopes to persuade the Superior Court judge that proper procedures were not followed for a new program that represents one of the more overt commercial aspects of the school-choice movement. Full story here.
Other political headlines:
--Get the full report on the new federal study showing seal level rising faster along portion of the North Carolina coast, ahead of lawmakers returning to the global warming debate this week.
--Many devout Republicans in the U.S. House’s 9th District are paying attention to the July 17 Republican runoff – and they’re not exactly inspired by what they’re hearing. The well-publicized mud-slinging between Pittenger and Pendergraph began before the May 8 primary, and has resumed in a flurry of negative radio ads and mailers.
--September’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte will be the first time North Carolina has ever hosted such a major party gathering. So it’s fitting that the host state is sending a 158-member delegation that will be historically diverse. Also noteworthy in a national party that asks state parties to meet affirmative-action goals: The North Carolina delegation includes 73 women; 60 African-Americans; three Native Americans; two people with disabilities and eight delegates who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.