On February 29th and March 1st our NC State Board of Education will decide whether or not to make final approval for a new charter school name The Howard & Lillian Lee Scholars School in our district. This new charter will siphon away over $4.5 million dollars from our local public education budget that has already seen major reductions in the past few years. The profit will not go back into the community but into the coffers of a private for profit company, National Heritage Academies, who the Lee School Board has hired to manage personnel hiring, test driven curriculum, and finances of the school.
National Heritage Academies, a for profit Education Management Organization, from Grand Rapids, Michigan currently manage five charter schools in the state of NC, none of which out-perform the Chapel Hill Carrboro City School district, yet NHA states their number one goal is to start a charter in our school district is to close the achievement gap in the CHCCS.
We do not believe that an out of state for profit entity has the best interest of educating our community's children at heart. National Heritage Academies, founded by J. C. Huizenga, profits 100% with zero accountability to the children and families of this state. Further, the NHA/Lee application was submitted the day of the application deadline without community knowledge nor seeking community input or collaboration.
Here's what you need to know: This is not about "education choice for all" or attempts at "closing the achievement gap"....... This is about privatizing public education and taking advantage of all the children and families in our community and state;
NHA teachers are exempt from federal and state certification requirements;
In North Carolina NHA's high performing charter schools are overwhelmingly white and middle class;
The majority of NHA schools do not offer bus transportation or free & reduced meals.
Finally, The North Carolina Public Charter School Advisory Council who recommended the NHA/Lee Charter School application to the State Board of Ed, is stacked with Charter School officials and/or board members. Particularly distrubing is the cheerleading participation of NHA Board members in the decision making process.
Please sign the petition and tell our State Board of Ed.......We don't want National Heritage Academies in our district, we don't want National Heritage Academies in our state! If you have already signed please share the petition with friends. We need to work quickly. Thank you.