The state’s new Charter Schools Review Board (CSRB) meets for the second time today and tomorrow in Raleigh. This summer state lawmakers created the Review Board through Session Law 2023-110 (formerly H.B. 618), giving it the authority to authorize and renew charter schools in North Carolina. The law converts the former Charter Schools Advisory Board (CSAB) to the Review Board, maintaining continuity in membership.
Previously, CSAB made recommendations to the State Board of Education on charter applications and renewals, but did not have the authority to make final decisions as a charter authorizer.
At today’s meeting, members welcomed Alex Granados as the State Superintendent’s new designee to the Review Board. Prior to his service as a special advisor at the Department of Public Instruction, Alex served as the senior reporter for EdNC, covering education in North Carolina for more than eight years.
For the 2023 year, the Review Board has set the following leadership offices and committees:
- Chair: Bruce Friend (committee floater)
- Vice Chair: John Eldridge
- Rita Haire, Chair
- Alex Quigley (read our Q&A with Alex)
- Hilda Parlér (read our Q&A with Hilda)
- Dave Machado
- Bartley Danielsen
- John Eldridge, Chair
- Stephen Gay
- Todd Godbey
- Eric Sanchez
- Shelly Shope (also a Coalition Board member)
At this month’s meeting, the Review Board is interviewing 2023 charter applicants and reconsidering two applicants that the State Board of Education denied in 2023. These applicants are American Leadership Academy-Monroe and Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy.
Learn more about the new Review Board’s duties and responsibilities–and the 2023 charter application process by clicking on the image below.