Eddie Goodall, a former state senator from Union County, said Monday he’s stepping down from a charter school group he founded in hopes that North Carolina’s advocates can unite.
Lee Teague, a former chairman of the Mecklenburg County Republican Party, was named the new executive director of the N.C. Public Charter Schools Association.
Goodall was an advocate for charter schools during the six years he served in the state Senate, representing parts of Union and Mecklenburg counties. When he left in 2010, he became president of the Raleigh-based N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools, but he split with other leaders of that group over what he called conflicts of interest.
Charter schools are independently run schools that get public money and are overseen by the state. North Carolina lifted a longstanding 100-school cap in 2011 and now has 158 schools, with the largest concentration in the Charlotte region.
In 2012, Goodall opened the Charlotte-based association. Both groups are nonprofits that support charter schools. Citing what he euphemistically called “friendly competition” – Goodall filed conflict of interest and ethics complaints against two leaders of the rival group who served on the state’s Charter School Advisory Board – Goodall said he believes charter schools need a united voice and he needs to get out of the way.
“I think more people will step in the void when I step out,” Goodall said.
Teague, who worked in real estate and lived in Charlotte for 15 years, moved to Raleigh to work as a communication specialist for the Office of State Management and Budget in 2013. He joined the staff of Goodall’s charter association in October 2014 doing public relations. He is a board member for Cardinal Charter Academy in Cary.
“We want to be the voice of all charter schools within this state,” Teague said Monday.
Goodall said he’ll continue to work to increase charter school expansion, which he doesn’t think has been fast enough in the past five years.