McCrory pushes for tougher standards on charter schools

McCrory pushes for tougher standards on charter schools

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on January 23, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 23 at 9:15 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory led the kickoff in Charlotte for events surrounding National School Choice Week.

The governor took the opportunity to warn the growing number of charter school operators that they would be required to meet the educational standards set by the state in return for financial assistance.

National School Choice Week is designed to spotlight the options parents have for choosing what they feel is the best educational environment for their children, be it public schools, private, home schooling or charter schools.

McCrory said there is going to be a lot of attention focused on charter schools.

“What I want to do is show the best, and if they are falling behind and not meeting those standards, we will take action,” said McCrory.

He added, “If a school is not meeting the standards that we demand, we will take away their license.”

Josiah Smith is in fifth grade at Wadell Language Academy in Charlotte.

He might not yet grasp all that the governor was talking about, but said he knows the value of getting to go to a school like Wadell where he is able to study Japanese.

“I’m getting a lot of education in Japanese and I’m getting to learn a lot of the culture that is in Japan,” he said.

His mom Jacqueline is a teacher at Albermarle Road Elementary and is a big supporter of parents having a choice in where and how a child is educated.

“I’m part of ‘Teach for America,’ so I definitely believe that some of our neediest students and children need to have options and opportunities to get the best education.”

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