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Office of Charter Schools

6303 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6303  •  919.807.3491

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  – July 29, 2016

Upcoming Events

August 3 - 4, 2016

State Board of Education Meeting


August 9, 2016

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting


NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates



State Board of Education (SBE) Makes Charter Agreement Changes



In the July 15, 2016 Charter Schools Weekly Newsletter, you received the amended Charter Agreement which is applicable to all charter schools. Per Section 33 of the Charter Agreement, anytime there are laws enacted by the General Assembly, the Charter Agreement must be amended to reflect applicable changes. 



Since sending out the first communication about the Charter Agreement changes, our office has received several inquiries on the specific changes made to the agreement. Outlined below are the changes:


Grade Expansion 

The State Board was not required legislatively to make this change, but the changes conform the application to the following sections of S.L. 2014-248 (H334)


Section 17 of the Charter Agreement contains the CSAB’s proposed change to reflect updated requirements that [a] charter school shall not charge tuition or fees except as follows: (1) A charter school may charge any fees that are charged by the local school administrative unit in which the charter school is located. (2) A charter school, upon approval by the board of directors of the charter school, may establish fees for extracurricular activities, except those fees shall not exceed the fees for the same extracurricular activities charged by a local school administrative unit in which forty percent (40%) or more of the students enrolled in the charter school reside. These changes conform the application to the following sections of S.L. 2014-248 (H334)

Charter School Board Member Residency Requirement   


Section I of Charter Agreement contains the CSAB’s proposed change to reflect the updated requirement that the majority of board members and 50% or greater of the board officers for a charter school must have their primary residence in NC.  The State Board was not required legislatively to make this change, but the changes do conform the application to the following sections of S.L. 2014-248 (H334)

Charter School Board Conflict of Interest and Anti-Nepotism Policy   

Section II of the Charter Agreement contains the CSAB’s proposed change to the section 4.3 to reflect updated requirements for how each charter school board must adopt and ensure compliance with a conflict of interest and nepotism policy.  The changes conform the application to the following sections of S.L. 2014-248 (H334)


Please direct questions or concerns about the Charter Agreement to Dr. Deanna Townsend-Smith at

Financial and Business Services Newsletter

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates



Charter Schools PRC 036 Allotment


The first state installment of PRC 036 for charter schools was allotted Tuesday, July 19, 2016. 

New charter schools will need to submit the following before receiving access to the first installment of state funds:

  • Educational certificate of occupancy approved by the Office of Charter Schools

  • Cash management form 

  • Management Sciences America System (MSAS) form 

If you have questions or concerns please contact Roxane Bernard at (919) 807-3725 or

Charter School NC Education Cloud (NC EdCloud) Identity and Access Management Service Webinar (IAM)


The NCEdCloud IAM Service team is hosting an informational webinar on the NCEdCloud IAM Service (see, with a focus on Charter School areas of interest such as the process used for getting users’ data into the service and managing user accounts within the service (e.g. activating new users, deactivating former users, etc). 

You and/or your technical staff have been invited to a online meeting at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, August 3.

Charter School technology directors and PowerSchool data coordinators would benefit from this webinar. We encourage attendance from all of North Carolina's Charter Schools, especially those without a Tech Director or other staff member who has been granted the IAM Service’s LEA Administrator role. 


The webinar is expected to last no more than an hour with an additional 30 minutes allotted for questions and answers at the end of the presentation. Outlined below are directions on joining the webinar. 


Directions to join the Webinar

Join the meeting:


On a computer, use any browser with Flash. Nothing to download.

On a phone or tablet, launch the app and enter meeting code: ncedcloud


Join the audio conference:

Dial a phone number and enter access code, or connect via internet.


By phone:

United States  +1.860.970.0010

Access Code   664-116-397#


By computer via the internet:

Join the meeting, click the phone icon and select 'Call via internet'. A small download might be required.

NC School Bus

Courtesy Bus Inspections offered by NCDPI Transportation Services 

NCDPI Transportation Services offers courtesy inspections of school buses and activity buses to all LEAs and charter schools in North Carolina once a year.  The purpose of the inspections is to give school leadership a picture on the bus fleet overall condition to provide safe transportation for students.  

Due to limited resources, NCDPI Transportation Services can inspect 10% of each LEAs fleet. This summer, transportation consultants are offering the 10% inspection service to charter schools. Since charter schools have smaller fleets, transportation consultants can typically inspect all buses. 

Questions or concerns should be directed to NCDPI Transportation Services,  Section Chief, Derek Graham at 

Dual Credit Allowances for Career and College Promise (CCP)

NCDPI has updated its Dual Credit Allowances for Career and College Promise (CCP) based on additional course offerings from the Community College System Office.  See the attached memo and chart for more information.


Please contact Sneha Shah Coltrane, Advanced Learning, with any questions regarding dual enrollment at

Attachment:     NCDPI CCP Information


Financial and Business Services (FBS) Summer Conference Survey



The Financial and Business, Division of School Business, and Office of Charter Schools would like feedback on your experience at its conference held July 21-22, 2016. 



Please take a moment to compete the survey using the following link:



Presentation materials from the conference can be accessed using the above posted survey link. Thanks for taking time to complete the survey and attending the 2016 FBS Summer Conference! 

Exceptional Children (EC) Special Programs Funding Applications

The EC Special Programs Funding Applications are now available on the EC Division website under Finance and Grant / Applications:

If you have any questions regarding these funding applications, please contact Lori Peterson at or 919 807-3932.

NC State Board of Education Seal

State Board of Education Meets Next Week

The State Board of Education will meet next week, Aug. 3-4, in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. 


The agendas for this meeting and executive summaries are available online (under Meetings tab). Please note that Board members will discuss all agenda items (unless otherwise noted) in their committee meetings on Wednesday, Aug. 3. 

Board members will summarize their Committee discussions and take action on agenda items as appropriate during their full Board meeting on Thursday, Aug. 4.

The State Board’s committee meetings and full Board meeting are audio streamed for those who can’t attend. To provide comments or feedback regarding specific agenda items, please email State Board members individually or email general comments/feedback.

Licensure Updates

Please see the attached memo and corresponding appendices for the 2015-16 policy changes to teacher licensure and evaluation system. 


Questions or concerns should be directed to Dr. Tom Tomberlin at

    NCDPI Math Social Media Logo

    Math Resources for Instruction (MRI)

    The North Carolina State Board of Education unanimously approved revisions to the NC Standard Course of Study for NC Math 1, 2 and 3. The first set of resources to support the implementation of the revised standards are now available for districts and charter schools.  

    Below is the link containing the newly created MRI for NC Math 1, 2 and 3. These are living (continuously growing) resources that are intended to be accessed electronically due to the many active links to curricular resources that are embedded in the overall Guide. 

    Link MRI Resources


    Included in the Math Resource for Instruction (MRI) for the high school courses are links to feedback and contribution folders. The Mathematics Section at NCDPI is very interested in all comments, feedback and additions of local tasks/curricula to share and include in the Math Resource for Instruction (MRI).


    Additional resources such as OPTIONAL pacing guides will be sent next week. 

    Should you have any questions about the resources, please contact secondary math consultants, Joseph Reaper at or Lisa Ashe at

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