Charter Schools Advisory Board Newsletter - September 2018

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Charter Schools Advisory Board Highlights


Charter School Advisory Board September Meeting

The North Carolina Charter School Advisory Board met September 10, 2018 at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  

The agendas are available on the State Board of Education’s (SBE) website under the Meetings tab.


Presentations made during the meeting are linked here.


Questions regarding this meeting should be directed to NCDPI Communications at 919-807-3450.


Reflections from Ms. Lindalyn Kakadelis, Charter School Advisory Board (CSAB)

Dear Charter Leaders,

What a week! Our prayers are with the schools damaged by Hurricane Florence. Glad the sun is shinning again in areas hit by storms.  Remember – It always seems impossible until it is done!  Hang in there through the weeks of clean up and repair. Our thoughts are with you!

September CSAB meeting covered several topics.


Dr. Tom Tomberlin discussed the role of the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission (PEPSC).  This Commission makes recommendations to the State Board regarding all aspects of teacher preparation and licensure.

 He also led a discussion regarding the North Carolina Educator Evaluation System (NCEES).  There has been some confusion whether charter schools are required to use this system in determining the teacher’s  “proficiency.” CSAB expressed the importance of charter schools having the flexibility of developing their own teacher evaluation plan. The discussion ended with the need of further clarifying charter schools’ flexibility.


Dr. Danielle Allen gave an informative update on the application process.  As of last week the OCS had 45 potential applications. 

Ms. Shaunda Cooper reviewed the renewal cohorts for 2019 and 2020.  Thirty-five schools are currently going through the renewal process for 2019 and twenty for the following year.


Charter Schools across the state have been sending in documents for the “deep-dive” review of the Performance Framework’s criteria. 

Ms. Stephenie Clarke updated CSAB on this regulatory monitoring report. We appreciate the OCS staff helping schools accomplish this task.

Mr. Eric Snider, SBE Attorney, briefly described the process SBE will take sending policies to the NC Rules Review Commission.  He reminded CSAB of the difference between policies/rules for internal purposes

 and external (school) purposes.  His office is in the process of determining which external policies will advance to the Commission.

Mr. Jay Whalen updated CSAB on new initiatives in the Office of Charter Schools.

He stated that OCS will be having a twitter account to better promote our schools and send out announcements to the broader public.  OCS is also increasing their support for low-performing schools by offering two training camps. 


Needless to say, the next few months will be our busiest reviewing applications and renewing charter agreements.  Thank you for the work you are doing every day!






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DPI Presentations

The CSAB was welcomed by Dr. Eric Hall, Deputy Superintendent of Innovation, who expressed his excitement in working with the CSAB to benefit the children of North Carolina. The CSAB also heard from Dr. Thomas Tomberlin regarding the Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission. Mr. Eric Snider, legal counsel for the State Board of Education, gave an update on the formal rules making process.



The CSAB discussed four charter amendments this meeting and voted to recommend approval of each amendment to the State Board of Education.

OCS Presentations

The Office of Charter Schools presented updates in many of the office’s workflows. The CSAB heard an update regarding the status of the application portal which closes on September 28th. They also discussed the upcoming renewal season. Finally, OCS gave presentations regarding Performance Framework and OCS initiatives that are in the works.



The Office of Charter Schools announced its official Twitter account to the CSAB. OCS hopes to raise awareness and promote positive news about our charter schools through this social media initiative. In addition this will serve as another communication tool for the office. Find us at @NCCharterOffice.