WECT filed a formal complaint with the State Office of Charter Schools Tuesday about three southeastern North Carolina charter schools that aren't responding to a public records request.
The government-funded schools are required to comply with the state's public records laws as a condition of their charters.
The three schools that have not responded to the request are Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville and Douglass Academy in Wilmington.
They are run by Roger Bacon Academy, an education management company based in Leland. The company's founder and president, Baker Mitchell, sits on the NC Charter School Advisory Board.
A Roger Bacon spokeswoman wrote a "response requires careful analysis and consideration," but in a May 25 blog post, Mitchell wrote that he believes salaries are "private, confidential information between the school and the teacher."
"Charter Day School might be slow to respond to WECT's demand for private personnel data on our dedicated teachers," he wrote. "However, the premise that the NC law requires such disclosures by non-profit corporations is far from correct. The law requires no other publicly-funded nonprofit corporations, like volunteer fire departments, nonprofit medical facilities, museums, and others, to do so."
Joel Medley, director of the State Office of Charter Schools, said his office would look into our request of Roger Bacon Academy if a formal complaint and supporting documents were provided.
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