More charter school shenanigans from the NC GOP

Taxpayers can find out salary numbers, just not who is being paid:

The latest bad idea coming from Jeter and Lewis, is preposterous, and represents nothing less than a slap in the face to the taxpayers of North Carolina. Jeter’s clumsy idea is to block the public reporting of charter school salaries by name. He introduced the bill. Lewis defends it by saying allowing the release of the information creates a “hostile work environment.”

Clearly, Jeter heard from some charter school folks who wanted a favor because they desired to keep salaries hidden to some degree (they’re still public, but not with names attached) and so he just moved ahead. But in March, when the Charlotte Observer requested names and salaries from 23 charter schools, Jeter was fine with it, saying, “You can’t pick and choose when it’s convenient. If they want to play in that arena they need to play by public law.”

Apparently you can pick and choose when it's convenient. As far as that "hostile work environment," if charters want to pay their teachers a low salary while throwing good money at somebody's nephew who never enters a classroom to teach, I guess that might get a little hostile. Another term for that is "quality control."


Late start today

On the plus side, I shed about five pounds of sweat working outside today. Sheesh. This summer is going to be a pisser...

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Never mind

Even Charles Jeter, the "no names" amendment sponsor, realized that it was a really dumb idea.

State Rep. Charles Jeter, the Mecklenburg Republican who pushed to make names of charter-school employees private, said Thursday that he has withdrawn support for his own amendment.

A dumb idea rushed through with no thought about the consequences.

Jeter said the amendment he introduced last week was well-intentioned but poorly executed. He said he intended to restrict lists such as the one the Observer published this spring, giving names, positions and salaries for employees of 22 charter schools. He said his goal was that journalists and other members of the public could get all details except the names.

However, the amendment apparently would block charter schools from releasing employee names under any circumstances – including, potentially, posting on school websites or responding to reference checks.

“It appears to prohibit the release of the name of an employee, presumably for any purpose. That seems to be a broader limitation than what might have been intended,” said professor Frayda Bluestein, a public records expert at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Government who reviewed the amendment at the Observer’s request.

Flip flopper? Remember Jeter previously said one "couldn't pick and choose" what rules charter schools had to follow.

On Thursday, Jeter said he has been criticized for switching positions but doesn’t believe that is true.'s demonstrably and obviously true, Chuck. And in case you didn't notice, you just switched positions again.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

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