charter schools

On this edition of the CoastLine Candidate Interviews, we meet North Carolina Representative Susi Hamilton, a Democrat from New Hanover County, who has held the seat for three terms and is seeking a fourth. 

But first, we hear from her Republican challenger this November – Gerald Benton. 

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on July 16, 2014.  

Charter Schools in North Carolina:  What role should they play within the public school system and how is that role changing?  

During a time when every dollar spent on public education is scrutinized, lawmakers, parents, and advocacy groups alike are asking:  are charter schools effectively expanding options in the public school system?  Are they bridging an achievement gap?  Or are they siphoning taxpayer resources from traditional public schools? 

Wilmington Preparatory Academy

Earlier today, North Carolina’s Board of Education cleared the way to open 25 new charter schools by August of next year.  WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn reports while about 30-thousand children are on wait lists, the number of newly-approved charter schools is the biggest increase since the cap was lifted in 2010.