The board is expected to vote some time after a November 1 presentation. The move would assign the Goldsboro school to a charter operator in what is called the Innovation School District. This would be the second school to be taken away from a school district.
If North Carolina goes forward with the recommendation to allow a private charter operator to take control of a Goldsboro elementary school, they should expect a stubborn resistance, the school’s principal told Policy Watch Wednesday.
“You’re bringing in outside people, but Wayne County is a unique district,” said Carver Heights Elementary Principal Cortrina Smith. “You are going to consistently receive pushback, because we don’t know you, but you’re in my house and you’re trying to tell us what to do. You don’t know my kids, you don’t know my community.”
Under state law, schools are chosen because they’re among the lowest performing in the state, although ISD leadership also considers whether struggling schools are meeting state-set growth goals too.
The move is a part of reforms passed by the Republican controlled General Assembly. NCAE opposes the move, as do many progressive groups.
According to its 2016-2017 report card, the most recent available, Carver Heights scored an “F” and did not meet growth. Carver Heights had the lowest scores among the six final schools for consideration, which also included schools in Northampton, Alamance, Nash, Guilford and Forsyth counties.