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Cooper Spells out Opposition to ISD in Letter to State Board and Calls on Board to Prioritize Supports for Low-Performing Schools in 2020-21 Budget Request

Raleigh

In a letter last week to State Board of Education Chairman Eric Davis, Gov. Cooper reiterated his opposition to the Innovative School District, or ISD, and asked that the Board prioritize in its short session budget request the supports needed to help North Carolina’s lowest performing schools improve. 

“Turning over control of a public school to a private charter school operator is both bad policy and ineffective, and I am fundamentally opposed to the ISD concept,” Gov. Cooper said in his letter. “Senate Bill 522 does make some positive improvements to the ISD, including providing a way for low-performing schools to improve before being subject to take over.”

The bill, SB 522, became law at midnight without the Governor’s signature.

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