Senator Lee Honored as Charter Champion at Wilmington Charter School

By August 18, 2022 News

Yesterday the Coalition honored Senator Michael Lee (R-New Hanover) as a 2022 Charter Champion. The event took place at American Leadership Academy Coastal, a K-9 public charter school in Wilmington, North Carolina. Following the award presentation, Senator Lee met with local charter families.

A strong charter advocate and leader in the General Assembly

As a state lawmaker, Senator Lee has been a staunch advocate of public charter schools. He has worked to safeguard charter school flexibility and autonomy. In addition, he played a key role in advancing legislation that ensured charter schools received local payments in a timely way.

Here’s what Senator Lee said upon receiving the award:

It’s an honor to receive this recognition from the NC Coalition for Charter Schools. Public charter schools play a vital role in North Carolina’s educational landscape by providing families a free alternative to traditional public schools. My family knows the benefits of school choice, so I will continue to fight for parents to have the same opportunities to send their children to schools that best fit their needs.

In her remarks, Coalition Executive Director Lindalyn Kakadelis praised Senator Lee’s commitment to charter schools. He is “a leading voice in the legislature for charter school students, parents, and leaders,” she said. “He understands that families deserve a choice in their public education, and because of that he’s a Charter Champion.”

Lindalyn Kakadelis recognizes Senator Lee’s support of charter schools with a Charter Champion award on August 17, 2022.

Coalition leaders and a charter operator join in honoring Senator Michael Lee (left to right): Lee Teague, Coalition lobbyist; Senator Lee; Abigail Strait, Director, American Leadership Academy Coastal; Gregg Sinders, Coalition Board member and Director of Business Development and Government Relations, Charter One; and Lindalyn Kakadelis.

Read the Coalition’s press release about the event.

Find out more about the Coalition’s 2021-2022 Charter Champions.