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House passes bill letting charter schools expand grades without state approval

The state House approved a bill today that would let most of the state's charter schools expand their grade levels without seeking state approval.

The bill says that state Board of Education approval isn't needed to "expand to offer one grade higher than the charter school currently offers if the charter school has operated for at least three years and has not been identified as having inadequate performance as provided in G.S. 115C - 238.29G(a1)."

That compromise language was added to House Bill 250 by a conference committee formed after the blll was rejected by the House last week.

UPDATE

The Senate adopted the conference committee version of House Bill 250. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk.

A chance to help still-hurting hurricane victims

McCotter Farm, in conjunction with The Society of Saint Andrew, is sponsoring a “gleaning” event to collect food for victims of Hurricane Irene. Gleaning is an activity where participants go into the field after the farmer has harvested the crop to collect the produce that remains. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 16, at the McCotter Farm near Vandemere in Pamlico County to glean potatoes. Interested individuals, families and groups are invited to participate. Gleaning will begin at 9 a.m.

For more information, go here.

And here's a piece describing the situation in Vandemere in September: People are needed more than goods.

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