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NEWS RELEASES 2006-07 :: JUNE 15, 2007


The State Board of Education has convened the Blue Ribbon Charter School Commission to take a comprehensive look at North Carolina's charter school program. The Commission will be charged to look at the types of charter schools that have been successful, possible guidelines for approval of future charter schools, and whether the cap on charter schools should be raised.

State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee said, "Charter schools can be an asset for North Carolina's public school students who can benefit from smaller learning environments. The recommendations of this Commission will help us better determine what guidelines might be used when approving future charter schools."

The Commission will hold its first meeting on Thursday, June 21, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. For those who cannot attend, the meeting is being audio streamed. (To listen in, please go online to and click on the appropriate audio stream link.)

Serving on the Commission are:

  • Dr. Michael Fedewa, chairman, Superintendent of Schools, Diocese of Raleigh
  • Senator Julia Boseman
  • Senator Joe Sam Queen
  • Representative Larry M. Bell
  • Representative Marvin W. Lucas
  • Phillip Kirk, Jr. - vice president for External Affairs, Catawba College
  • Sandy Carmany, Charter School Advisory Board
  • Dr. Tom Humble, principal, Raleigh Charter High School
  • Tammi Sutton, KIPP Gaston College Preparatory
  • Dr. Jesse Dingle, principal, Lufkin Middle School
  • Dr. Charles Nolan, principal, Middle College High at Durham Technical Community College
  • Joyce Fitzpatrick - Fitzpatrick Communications
  • Robert Ludy - Capital Air
  • Acton Archie - SAS Institute
  • Kathleen Tanner - Tharrington Smith
  • Akhil Jariwala, student advisor (will rotate)
  • Saumil Jariwala, student advisor (will rotate)

Charter schools are privately-run, publicly-funded schools that are allowed greater independence in their teaching methods. In 1996, the North Carolina Charter Schools Act authorized the creation of a system of no more than 100 such schools in the state, all subject to the same testing and accountability standards as public schools.

For more information, please contact the NCDPI's Communications division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.