NORTH CAROLINA: NC House OKs charter school discrimination ban - WRBL

NC House OKs charter school discrimination ban

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The state House approved a measure Thursday that broadly bans discrimination against charter school applicants based on their sexual orientation or other federally and constitutionally protected classes.

The changes to the bill, which now heads to the Senate, come after Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake, questioned an amendment that would have prohibited schools from turning away applicants because of their sexual orientation.

Stam said the bill needed to define sexual orientation because he argued that it could include everything from homosexuality to pedophilia if it were left open to interpretation. He was criticized by other lawmakers and gay-rights groups.

Rep. Marcus Brandon, D-Guilford, introduced a new amendment clarifying the definition of "sexual orientation" in the bill. Brandon's amendment was immediately killed on the floor with a maneuver that prevented a vote, but other amendments were introduced to extend the same protections more broadly, without listing sexual orientation or sexual identity as categories.

The amendment ultimately included in the bill prohibits schools from discriminating against applicants under any category that's already protected by federal law or the U.S. Constitution. That includes sexual orientation.

Rep. Nathan Ramsey, R-Buncombe, sponsored the amendment and it passed unanimously.

"I think it does what we want morally and legally and constitutionally," said Rep. Rick Glazier, (D-Cumberland). "...Which is a recognition that no child should be discriminated against in a charter school for any reason based on their status (or) who they are."

The bill also subjects charter schools to public records law, but shields teachers' names from being publicly disclosed with their pay.

Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, sponsored the amendment shielding teacher names. He argued that because charter school teachers are paid differently and are not a part of the state pension system or health care plan like teachers in traditional public schools, they should not be subject to the same open records laws. He said it was needed to "eliminate the potential for creating hostile work environments," and noted that other financial records about charter schools were still public.

"You create a very hostile environment when you have to release names and salaries for every teacher," Lewis said. "...What I'm trying to prohibit is the blanket publication of the names."

The bill also would allow schools with single gender missions to limit admission to boys or girls. Charter school teachers also would be allowed to serve on the school's board of directors as non-voting members and make charter renewals valid for 10 years, unless specific conditions warrant a shorter charter. It also allows schools to expand by one grade per year if it is in good fiscal health and performing well, subject to review by the State Board of Education.

RELATED STORIES

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Parts of Durham once again flood as business owner looks for relief

    Parts of Durham once again flood as business owner looks for relief

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:20:30 GMT
    Several inches of rain created flooding in parts of Durham on Monday.
    Several inches of rain created flooding in parts of Durham on Monday.
  • Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:01:10 GMT
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
  • Durham worker says he was let go after receiving back pay

    Durham worker says he was let go after receiving back pay

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:32 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:32:25 GMT
    Michael David said Dayeco Construction owed him a paycheck for more than six weeks of work.Michael David said Dayeco Construction owed him a paycheck for more than six weeks of work.
    A Durham man said he was let go by his employer after finally getting a paycheck that he'd waited six weeks to receive.
    A Durham man said he was let go by his employer after finally getting a paycheck that he'd waited six weeks to receive.
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.