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Office of Charter Schools

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



Upcoming Events


May 7, 2018

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting


May 11, 2018

Dyslexia Capacity Building Application Due


Action Items Due Next Week

May 1 - June 1, 2018

Charter School Health Report



Future Action Items

May 15, 2018

Coding and Mobile Application Grants Due

May 20, 2018

New Charter School Leaders Institute Registration Due


May 31, 2018

All Performance Framework Documents Reviewed


June 5, 2018

EC Directors' Webinar - 10:00 - 11:00 am


June 12 - 13, 2018

New Charter School Leaders Institute


June 15, 2018

McKinney-Vento Data Submission

Home Base Opt-In


June 22, 2018

Middle School Summit


June 26, 2018

Final Opportunity - WS-FTP Historical Download


July 15 - 17, 2018

NC Association for Public Charter Schools Conference


August 7, 2018

EC Directors' Webinar - 10:00 - 11:00 am


August 7 - 9, 2018

Growing Success for ELs Conference


October 2, 2018

EC Directors' Webinar - 10:00 - 11:00 am


November 14 - 16, 2018

EC Conference


December 4, 2018

EC Directors' Webinar - 10:00 - 11:00 am






NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS)  Updates

Charter Schools Transportation Grant Update


2.5 million dollars was provided to the NC Department of Public Instruction to establish a Charter School Transportation Grant Program for the 2017-18 school year.


The purpose of the Charter School Transportation Grant pilot program is to reimburse a charter school that has a student enrollment of at least fifty percent (50%) of its students residing in households with an income level not in excess of the amount required for a student to qualify for the federal free or reduced price lunch program. 


OCS has completed the review of the fall transportation grant submissions and notifications of the grant award was sent to each school.  


Schools wishing to receive consideration for the spring submission must send documentation (see attached) by May 18, 2018 to allow enough time to close out end-of-year (EOY) processes. 


Contact with questions or concerns. 



Attachment:      Charter Schools Transportation Grant Application


Transportation Object Codes


  • 6550 – 311
  • 6550-423 (fuel)
  • 6550-424 (oil/maintenance)
  • 6550-425 (tires/tubes)
  • 6550-331 (contracted services)
  • 6550-422 (related parts, etc.)
  • 6550-326 (contracted maintenance and services)

New Charter School Leaders Institute


Registration is now open for the New Charter School Leaders Institute.  This 2-day event will be held June 12-13 at the DPI Building in downtown Raleigh (301 N. Wilmington St.) from 8:00 to 5:00.  


Participants will have an opportunity to hear from experts from NCDPI, DHHS, DPS, and local charter schools on various topics.  Some of the topics will include the Multi-Tiered System of Support, School Safety, State Health Requirements, Legal Updates, and more! 


Please use this link to register: 


The registration deadline is Sunday, May 20.  Please contact Dr. Kebbler Williams at or 919-807-3598 for questions about the Institute.

Congratulations to the 2018 Recipients of the NC State Employees Credit Union Foundation's "People Helping People"


Congratulations to the 2018 recipients of the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union Foundation’s “People Helping People” academic scholarship! $10,000 scholarships are awarded annually to graduating seniors attending North Carolina Charter Schools.


These scholarships are awarded to students attending one of the 16 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina.


Matthew Katibah, Community School of Davidson- Mecklenburg County

Caroline Barrett, North East Carolina Preparatory Academy- Edgecombe County

Margaret Wagner, Pine Lake Charter School- Iredell County



NCDPI Newsletters




Designing High Impact Service-Learning


Service Learning in Civic SLICE program






2018 Performance Framework: Submission Review Update


OCS consultants are currently engaged in the process of document review for all materials submitted by schools.


Correspondence will be sent ONLY in the event of the following:


1.       A document was not properly submitted.

2.       A document provided is not compliant.

3.       A required document was not submitted at all in the SharePoint system.


This correspondence will be sent to the Lead Administrator and Board Chair and will include a deadline for correction.


Review Process Updates!


Due to the high volume of unanticipated findings during document review, the new schedule of correspondence and corrections will be as follows:


·       ALL documents reviewed by May 31, 2018.

·       One correspondence document sent on June 4, 2018.

o   Contains each document not initially marked as compliant.

o   Includes reason(s) for noncompliance including missing or incorrectly submitted documents.

·       All resubmissions due by June 30, 2018.

·       Review of resubmitted documents from July 1, 2018 – August 31, 2018.

·       Final correspondence for documents deemed Not Compliant by September 2018.


Note: Due to the high volume of documents, this review process includes only one opportunity for corrective action. If a document submitted a second time is still noncompliant, that will be the final designation.


For questions regarding the 2018 Performance Framework, please contact Stephenie Clark at (919) 807-3492 or

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates


Opt-in to the Full Suite of Home Base Today!


Have you opted into Home Base for your district/school? Check out who has by visiting the 2018 Home Base Opt-in Status list that is updated weekly.


This comprehensive system of integrated tools offers many advantages to classroom teachers and staff, including

  • Formative assessment items for many high school Career and Technical Education courses,
  • Access to over 55 fully developed courses on the NC Canvas Commons, including NCVPS and DLCs for      Teachers content,
  • Updates to local Professional Development Tracking/Course Creation, Attendance Tracking and much, much more!

Remember, only district finance officers and charter school principals may submit requests through the online opt-in tool for their district/school. For complete details about the Home Base opt-in process, visit the Home Base website’s Opt-in to Home Base page.

New Extended Content Standards (ECS) Standards Training Webinar for ELA/Math


This is a reminder that the Exceptional Children Division is hosting a one (1) hour webinar on May 7, 2018, at 2:00 pm for all teachers of the Extended Content Standards. The webinar will address the changes to ELA and Math as well as the newly developed crosswalk, tools, and resources available for use.



To register for this webinar, please follow the link below (or copy and paste it into your web browser):



If you have any questions, please send an email to


Web Posting: New Exceptional Children (EC) Forms


The EC Division would like to provide this courtesy announcement regarding recently posted forms/resources.


The following items are now available on the EC Division website:

  • Consent for Evaluation/Reevaluation
  • Eligibility Determination
  • Special Education Referral: School-Age
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Prior Written Notice
  • Consent for Services
  • Directions: Invitation to IEP Team Meeting
  • Directions: Consent to Invite Outside Agencies
  • Directions: Consent to Excuse Required IEP Team Member(s)



Please continue to visit the EC Division website regularly as resources are posted as they become available. EC Directors will be provided highlights regarding the change in forms during the May Regional Director’s Meeting.


Training is planned to provide EC Directors/Coordinators and Data Managers with the information they need to manage processes and data throughout the transition to ECATS.


The content will be delivered virtually. LEAs should plan to participate on one of the six available dates below. The dates and times for the training opportunities are listed below:



Monday, May 21

2 – 3:30 pm

Webex link TBD


Tuesday, May 22

11 am – 12:30 pm

Webex link TBD


Wednesday, May 23

2 – 3:30 pm

Webex link TBD


Wednesday, May 30

11 am – 12:30 pm

Webex link TBD


Thursday, May 31

2 – 3:30 pm

Webex link TBD


Friday, June 1

1:30-3:00 PM

Webex link TBD


Questions/concerns may be submitted via

PRC 118 Funds to Support Autism Teams


Please see the attached memo regarding submission of the Strategic Plan Goal Report for PRC 118 funds supporting Autism Coaching Teams. Applications should be submitted by May 31, 2018. 


If you have any questions or need additional information, please email


Attachment:     Memo+-+AU+PRC118+End+of+Year.pdf

Specific Learning Disabled (SLD) Mathematics Capacity Building Application - Deadline Extension


Please see the attached professional development opportunity for certified and employed Foundations of Math Instructors. The application deadline has been extended to May 18th. All applicants will be notified by June 1, 2018.


If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Lynne Loeser ( / 919-807-3980) or Ms. Teri Queen ( / 828-803-1488).






Other News


NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Updates


Annual Charter School Health Report Is Open


The Annual Charter School Health Report link is now open.  Reporting must be completed no later than June 1st, 2018.  The report is designed to assist in identifying resource needs for healthcare of students in charter schools.  Responses will be used to inform future training topics and to report on compliance with required legislation and policies such as Care of Students with Diabetes (§ 115C-375.3) and School Supply of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors (§ 115C-375.2A ).  You may click here to access the report link or copy and pasted the link below into your browser. 


A preparation worksheet is provided with the report questions.  All schools are encouraged to download the worksheet and mark the appropriate responses before beginning the online report survey. You may click here to access the worksheet or copy and paste the link provided below into your browser.  Once you have prepared your responses, save the document to your local computer. This worksheet cannot be accepted as your report. You will use it as a reference tool to enter your information into the online survey system.     


Annual Charter School Health Services Report –


Report Worksheet –   


Please contact Ms. Kristin Wike at with questions or concerns.


NC Homeless Education Program (NCHEP) Updates


McKinney-Vento data submission is due June 15, 2018. 

Data collection training materials have been updated and are now posted on the NCHEP data collection web page.





  • Review “Requested LEA Actions” found on data collection page.
  • Preschool and out-of-school siblings of identified students should be captured in your data collection as soon as possible to avoid conflict with any pre-enrollments for the coming school year.
  • Siblings with multiple program school identifications (McKinney-Vento, CECAS, migrant) can be captured in all relevant programs. Consult data collection FAQs (Multiple Program Identification (CECAS or Migrant) or contact your program specialist with questions.
  • If your LEA’s last school day occurs after June 15th, and you have not already notified your program specialist, please provide written notification as soon as possible. Please include:
  • Name of Homeless Liaison with phone number and email address
  • LEA, charter school or lab school name with LEA code
  • Date of your last school day within the current academic school year
  • Data submissions are currently blocked until May 1, 2018.


Program specialist contact information: 

Email Paullett Wall or phone (336) 315-7407  (Regions 1, 2, 3, 4) 

Email Patricia Lentz or phone (336) 315-7402 (Regions 5, 6, 7, 8)



LEA Website Posting – Updated Information


As mentioned in the Fall Regional Compliance Forums, all LEAs are required under ESSA to have McKinney-Vento information posted to your website.  

Regular LEAs can visit the NCHEP website to find the McKinney-Vento website information details

Charter schools should note that due to smaller student populations, there is no requirement to post specific data counts to your website.  

Instead, charter schools should post a link to the NCHEP Profile web page ( 

In addition to this link, please provide the following:



  • Homeless liaison name (first & last)
  • Homeless liaison contact information (phone and email)
  • State Coordinator’s name and phone number:  Lisa Phillips – 337-315-7491
  • NCHEP website  (
  • Definition of “homeless” from McKinney-Vento Act