Your Schools

State rep: Charter schools need more financial oversight

Charlotte Talks on WFAE had a strong lineup on the panel this morning for a discussion of education in North Carolina.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark was there, as was Gov. Pat McCrory’s senior education adviser (Eric Guckian) and state Board of Education chairman Bill Cobey.

But I what most caught my ear were some comments from N.C. Rep. Craig Horn, a Republican from Weddington.

In response to questions about several Charlotte-area charter schools that had failed this year, Horn said that North Carolina needs to do a better job of making sure a proposed charter has its financial house in order.

“Charters need to be held to a higher level of accountability on the finance and governance side,” he said.

He said that lawmakers had focused a lot on making sure charter school academics were up to snuff, but now needed to shift.

Here are a few more things that stood out:

▪ Clark said CMS would be hosting five to six “teacher voice sessions” over the coming months for teachers to talk about what would create a better working environment for them.

▪ Cobey said that the state will require virtual charter schools to provide children they accept with a computer and Internet access if the student doesn’t have access.

▪ Cobey also said charter schools have struggled in Mecklenburg County because CMS has done a good job offering choices to families.

▪ Guckian said McCrory’s goal is to move toward one electronic device per student in every N.C. school.

Listen to the conversation yourself at this link. It will also replay on the radio at 9 p.m.

Dunn: 704-358-5235;

Twitter: @andrew_dunn