NC school choice group may get OK to decide who gets money

Published: Jun. 14, 2015 at 5:47 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2015 at 5:47 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A non-profit group that has lobbied to increase public charter schools and private education vouchers could soon be in charge of allocating taxpayer money to new and proposed charters to help them launch.

Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina could decide which fledgling charter schools or even applicants get a piece of $1 million a year in state money designed to help more of the non-traditional public schools launch.

N.C. Center for Nonprofits vice president David Heinen says the budget proposal may break new ground in state spending by giving PEFNC the decision-making power over money.

PEFNC couldn't keep any of the state money to pay its overhead. Group president Darrell Allison says the non-profit would leverage the cash to persuade foundations to expand their giving.

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