State lawmaker says, “There’s no value in” disclosing salaries with names
RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — One North Carolina lawmaker doesn’t want names attached to charter school salaries in the public record.
The North Carolina House approved legislation Thursday that would do that. Rep. Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg) sponsored the amendment in the charter school bill.
The Republican said he’d ask for the same thing for public schools. Jeter thinks salaries should be made public along with employee codes instead of names.
Jeter argued, among other reasons, that parents, students, and colleagues can hold that knowledge against school employees.
“I understand the public’s right to know what each teacher makes on an individual basis. What I don’t agree with is you have the right to know by name. To me, there’s no value in that,” Jeter said.
However, he said he doesn’t think his amendment will make it into the final bill.
Rep. Jeter’s amendment comes as WWAY, and other media outlets, continue to ask for more information about staff and salaries at Roger Bacon Academy and its charter schools. Earlier this month, we got teacher and staff salaries. But, we still do not know how much administrators make. There aren’t many specifics in the budget either. What is clear is the schools pay 16 percent of their revenue, more than $2 million, to management fees. What that money goes to, though, is not clear.
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