NC Charter school leaders meet in Durham

The conference in Durham. Photo by Justin Quesinberry/WNCN

DURHAM, NC (WNCN) — Wake and Durham counties together have the highest concentration of charter schools in the state – 34.

Charter school leaders from around North Carolina are in Durham Monday night for a two-day conference hosted by the NC Public Charter Schools Association.

Funding is one hot topic.

Charter leaders want to ask for more money – not necessarily from the state, but locally – so that the money per student is the same whether that student is in a public charter school or a traditional public school.

The conference will also look at quality of schools – learning what works and what does not.

“What we want to do is make sure we recognize the charter schools at the top that are really succeeding and also determine which schools are annually failing schools. The latter should be closed, the schools that aren’t performing over a period of time,” said Eddie Goodall, executive director of NC Public Charter Schools Association.

The conference wraps up Tuesday.

It’s the first time it’s been held in the Bull City.

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