Charter Schools Weekly Newsletter (Includes Action Items)

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Office of Charter Schools

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

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  June 9, 2017

Upcoming Events


June 13, 2017

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting


July 6, 2017

State Board of Education Meeting 

Action Items Due


June 16, 2017

Home Base Opt-In

Action Items Due Next Week


June 13 - 14, 2017

New Charter Schools Leaders Institute


June 13, 2017

CDM Refresher Webinar - Register Here -


June 15, 2017

McKinney-Vento Data Submission

Future Action Items

June 30, 2017

EC Summer Institute Registration Due 

July 27-28, 2017

FBS Summer Conference


July 30 - August 1, 2017

2017 NCAPCS Conference

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates

Home Base Opt-in Update - Final Reminder - All Charters Must Respond


As of Friday, June 9, fifty-six charter schools have opted-in to the Home Base suite of tools for the 2017-18 school year.  We need 100% of charter schools to respond even if you are undecided or will not participate. 

To access the opt-in tool please go to


June 16 is the closing date for your decision.  Please contact Jamie Woodlief, Project Coordinator at or 919-807-3745 if you have any questions or see our FAQ's.

Thank You

NC Health and Human Services Charter School Survey Reporting



Thank you for helping to ensure that the Health and Human Services Charter School Reporting survey was completed by the extended due date of June 1, 2017. 


This year is the first year that all  charter schools have met this reporting requirement. We truly appreciate your diligence and for receiving responses from the 167 operating charter schools. 

NC School Jobs by PeopleAdmin - Reminder


There are over 70 districts live in the system and a number of charter schools are beginning to post positions as well, so we encourage you to take advantage of this resource as soon as you can. We have thousands of applicants in the system which your school will have access to when you go live in the system.


The steps associated with implementation are: 



  • Contact Craig Tucker at to request an NC School Jobs workbook
  • Complete the workbook and submit your school’s logo
  • Participate in Training
  • Familiarize yourself with the system
  • Execute a few cutover steps and go-live in the system



If you have been trained and are not currently scheduled for next steps, please contact Craig Tucker via the email address above.

Webinar training classes are scheduled on a weekly basis with the next one scheduled for Wednesday, June 14. Please visit this website to learn more about and register for the training opportunities. Webinars last 1.5 hours with the ability to continue an additional 30 minutes if requested. Team members from the service provider, Jeff Davenport and Bill Barry, will lead the trainings and assist you with the implementation process.  

Financial and Business Services Newsletter

Financial and Business Services (FBS) Newsletter and End-of-Year (EOY) Closeout Updates



Please see the attachments regarding the weekly FBS newsletter and EOY closeout procedures. All charter schools should review and follow the appropriate instructions. 


Attachments:     Finance Officers' Newsletter June 9, 2017 - Includes EOY Charter Procedures

Charter School Coordinator for the NC School Report Cards


It is time to update the contact information for your school’s NC School Report Card (SRC) Coordinator. The Coordinator is responsible for reviewing and validating the data in the SRC before they are released to the public and is the primary contact for information regarding the Welcome Letter and the data preview period.


For a current list of coordinators, please check the NCDPI website ( To update the information, please contact Rebecca Chong at rebecca.chong or (919)-807-3690. Newly assigned SRC Coordinators should also subscribe to the SRC Listserv (subscription located here), as more information about SRC resources and training will soon follow.


State Employees. Credit Uion (SECU) “People Helping People” Charter School Scholarship Recipients


Congratulations to the 2017 State Employees Credit Union Scholarship recipients! The following individuals were selected to receive a SECU “People Helping People” scholarship:


Juhitha Chinthapatla – Raleigh Charter High School

Joshua Wynn – Bear Grass Charter School

Alyssa Hopson – Gaston College Preparatory


We applaud the accomplishments of the recipients and all of those who applied for this opportunity! 

2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program

NCDPI is pleased to coordinate the 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year (TOY) Program. The program provides an opportunity to honor and recognize exemplary teachers in North Carolina and to call attention to the importance of the teaching profession. Instructions for school level TOY coordinators can be found here, including a timeline for the selection process.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact

NC Professional Development

Upcoming OCS Professional Development Opportunities

OCS Regional Huddle - West

Location: Lincoln Charter School, Denver, NC

Date: Tuesday, July 18

Registration Information: Registration for the OCS Regional Huddle – West is open through Thursday, July 13. Please submit your registration here. This is a free event. The final agenda will be shared June 30.

A variety of topics will be covered, including sessions related to governance, renewal process, applications, MTSS, NC School Jobs, and many more.


OCS Huddle @ the FBS Conference

Location: Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center, Durham, NC

Date: Friday, July 28

Registration Information: This event is the second day of the FBS Conference. As such, those wishing to attend this event must complete the standard FBS Conference registration process. Session information will be released soon.   


*Save the Date*: 2018 Charter School Leadership Institute

Location: Voyager Academy, Durham, NC

Date: October 12-13

Registration Information: Registration information will be released Friday, July 21.


If you have any questions about these opportunities, please contact

Charter School ADM (Average Daily Membership) Projection System: Phase II Final Verification - Initial ADM Confirmation


The CSADM is an online system designed to assist each charter school administrator and board chair with improving the accuracy of key components in the budgeting process. Phase II will be used for the first installment of the annual allotment and will be the maximum actual ADM that the school may be funded on for School Year 2017-18.

Phase II Final Verification - Initial ADM submissions are required of all:


• current charter schools with 2016-17 school attendance,


• charter schools approved by the State Board of Education to open in School Year 2017-18, and


• University of North Carolina (UNC) laboratory schools scheduled to open July 1, 2017.


Please contact Ms. Angela Harrison at or 919-807-3734 with questions or concerns.  

Digital Learning

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates



Do You Have a Story to Tell About How are You Using Broadband?


The North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN) is the Internet broadband provider for more than 500 nonprofit institutions in the state, including all K-12 districts.  They are on a quest to find stories of how people are using broadband in education.   Do you have exciting, engaging stories that you would like to share? Maybe you have an idea for a story to be developed or that is currently under development. These stories might focus on distance and remote learning in all its forms, access to health and wellness resources, professional development, etc.  


NCREN would like to use these stories on their website (, possibly in print materials, as well as for reference when they talk to others about how the network is being used.  If you are interested in sharing your stories or ideas, please contact Darleene Heath at

2016-2017 Training Hours for Interpreters and Transliterators

Please see the attached information regarding the electronic submission of training hours for interpreters and transliterators.


The deadline is July 15.


If you have any questions, please contact Antwan Campbell at or 919 807-3855.

Attachment:     Memo-Interpreter+Training+Reporting+2016-17.pdf

NCDPI Newsletters



Weekly Legislative Update - Friday, June 9, 



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Charters In The News


Alex Quigley, Chair, Charter Schools Advisory Board and Mr. Eric Grunden, Director, Research Triangle High School Interview on Education Matters -

Other News


Advocacy Organization Launches Exceptional Education for Exceptional Children Campaign


Raleigh, NC – Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) launches a grassroots and digital advocacy campaign in support of North Carolina’s first-ever Special Needs Education Savings Account: Exceptional Education for Exceptional Children.


The Personal Education Savings Account (PESA) is currently under review during the ongoing North Carolina General Assembly budget process, and if established would provide a state-sponsored scholarship to families with special needs students.


“North Carolina has long been a leader in educational options for families. Despite all of our accomplishments, from public charter school growth to scholarships for low-income families and children with disabilities – there is more that needs to be done. For example, this measure would eliminate the need for low-to-moderate income families to have to pay out of their own pocket and then wait for a reimbursement weeks and sometimes months later, and it would allow for families with more challenging and extensive educational needs such as autism, developmental or intellectual disabilities, hearing, visual, or orthopedic impairments to be eligible for both an education savings account and the Children with Disabilities Grant worth up to a total of $17,000.”


“We are proud to stand with special needs families and special needs groups like Autism Society of North Carolina in support of an Exceptional Education for Exceptional Children. In essence, we want to ensure that all families, despite the developmental and physical disabilities of their children, are empowered to provide an exceptional education for their exceptional child,” said PEFNC President Darrell Allison.


The website - -  includes a video about the Special Needs ESA as well as a powerful testimonial from a North Carolina family who would benefit from the new program.


Media requests can be coordinated through or (919)995-0741.


Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) is a statewide organization that supports greater educational options through parental school choice, such as public charter schools and the Opportunity Scholarship Program. Our mission is to inform parents of the benefits of expanded options and empower them to exercise freedom in meeting their children’s needs, regardless of race, national origin, income or religion.

NC Homeless Education Program - June Updates




REMINDER: The data collection submission deadline is June 15th, even if your LEA has “0” students to report.

  • If your LEA’s last school day occurs after June 15th, your Program Specialist needs to be notified immediately. Visit the NCHEP data collection web page, under “Requested LEA Actions” for details.
  • Include all students identified during 2016-17SY, including those who may have already withdrawn, and any qualifying siblings (0-5 years of age and school-aged, out-of-school youth).
  • Training materials, tips, and FAQs are provided on the NCHEP Data Collection web page located at
  • Contact your regional Program Specialist with any data entry questions you may have
  • Patricia Lentz – or 336-315-7402 (Piedmont-Triad, Southwest, Northwest, Western)
  • Paullett Wall – or 336-315-7407 (Northeast, Southeast, North Central, Sandhills)

NCHEP Data Collection web page:





  • 2014-2017 Subgrantees Annual End-of-Year Report - due June 30th
  • LEA 2017 Homeless Education Self-Assessment - due July 7th
  • This survey was issued only to LEAs (not Charter Schools) for this school year

Links for each survey were sent to the LEA Homeless Liaison. If you did not receive a link(s), or if you have technical difficulties with either survey, please contact Beth Thrift.

If you have questions about how to respond to questions on either survey, please contact Lisa Phillips.



The New Homeless Liaison Training will be held at The SERVE Center at UNCG. Homeless Liaisons with 0-2 years of experience, as well as those who have not attended the event in the past, are encouraged to attend this full-day training event.

Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Location: 5900 Browns Summint Ave., Dixon Building, Browns Summit NC

Further details will be forthcoming. Please contact your Program Specialist if you have questions.






NAEHCY 2017 Conference:

The 29th Annual NAEHCY Conference will be held October 28-31, 2017 in Chicago.
Registration and reservations are now open.