According to a November 11, 2014 from Truth-Out.org report, “The North Carolina State Board of Education has issued a warning to a charter-school chain for failing to comply with an agency order to disclose the salaries of school administrators. The schools have been put on “financial probationary status,” which could lead to sanctions if their board does not comply within 10 business days.”
Here in Illinois it’s the law for every public school district to publish each administrator’s salary on the their website. The refusal of this charter-school chain to divulge basic information about the workings of its schools underscores the problem with these organizations. They take the public’s money but are not accountable for their educational process. The charter-schools’ board chairman cited that their private company’s “trade secrets” were at risk if asked to divulge too much about the educational process in their schools. Public schools are transparent organizations and readily share best-practices in the classroom with others. If a for-profit charter school wanted to share their best practices, I wonder how much they would charge?
How can the taxpayers in North Carolina be assured that their tax dollars are being spent wisely in this charter-school chain? More importantly, how do they know if the students in those schools are getting a good education if the process and results are “trade secrets”?
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