Charter schools accept all students
Sunday, February 4, 2018
I'm writing in response to your school options article published in The Daily Reflector on Jan. 29. In the article you state, "Staunch public school advocates point out that local systems are allowed to turn away no students — they must accept them regardless of ability and behavior — while charter and private schools regularly turn students away. Schools that accept public money should have to accept all students and meet other public school requirements, advocates say."
While this statement may be true for private schools, it is not true for charter schools. Just like district schools, charter schools are public schools, and as such, are required by law to accept any North Carolina student for which a spot is available at the school. Further, if there are fewer spots than applicants, the school is required to hold a lottery to fill those spots. Students names are drawn at random during the lottery. These processes are spelled out in state statute. A charter school that doesn't adhere to these rules puts its charter in jeopardy of being revoked.
Your statement implies that charter schools are able to pick and choose their students, which is misleading at best and damaging at worst.
Executive Director, NC Association for Public Charter Schools