When faced with a growing deficit year after year, Macon County school officials are pleading with the state to reconsider legislation that would further reduce local budgets.
House Bill 535, "Promoting Charter School Success Pilot," is an act that would appropriate funds for a charter school development program through Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC). The bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Rob Bryan R-Mecklenburg, Rep. Cecil Brockman D-Guilford, Rep. Brian Brown R-Pitt, was filed on April 1 and was referred to committee on rules, calendar, and Operations of the House on April 6, where it remains.
In a letter signed by the entire Macon County Board of Education sent to both Representative Roger West and Senator Jim Davis, leaders expressed their concern with the lack of accountability associated with the legislation as well as its implications on the local district.