In addition to keeping the salaries of for-profit charter school employees secret, the NCGA's charter school bill allows discrimination against LGBT students.
Back in June, after a two-day battle over amendments that would have banned charter schools from discriminating against students on the basis of sexual orientation, House Republicans advanced a compromise provision that said "charter schools shall not discriminate against any student with respect to any category protected under the United States Constitution or under federal law applicable to the states."
That amendment was added to the bill on a 115-0 vote.
But when the measure went to conference committee for a compromise deal, Senate negotiators successfully pushed to have the clause removed.
Rep. John [sic] Hardister, R-Guilford, the lead House negotiator, said he agreed to the change out of concern that "it could have broad effect." Asked for clarification, he couldn't explain further.
Allow me to clarify on Jon's behalf: Powerful bigots told him the clause was coming out, and Jon caved because he wants to build up brownie points in a quest to get some of that power for himself.
Rep. David Lewis assured everyone that discrimination wasn't allowed, while he knew full well that the bill allows discrimination.
Reiterating his opposition to any kind of discrimination, Lewis answered, "This bill is not the vehicle to try to start to enumerate different classes of people. This bill treats everyone the same. Everyone who wants to go to a charter school is allowed to go – period."
The trouble with David's lie is that it's a lie.
"A principal can say, 'We’re not taking LGBT students,'" [Rep. Marcus] Brandon said. "That same principal could not get up and say, 'I’m not taking black students.' That would be illegal. But he can get up and say, 'We’re not taking gay students.'
"We have protections for every child except an LGBT child," he continued. "It is not in the language, and if it’s not in the language, anybody can do it."
Bigotry and lies wins the day. Again.