The state's education leaders now say charter schools, like other public schools, must disclose what they pay their employees. But some leaders of the charter movement say they disagree.
"I don't want Sally to know what Jimmy got paid," Vinroot said. "It would create disruption within our school."
As Superintendent Heath Morrison noted when I mentioned that argument, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools also has a number of teachers who receive merit-based bonuses, which we've reported every year. It may or may not create tension among colleagues, but it tells the public more about how those pilot systems are playing out, at a time when performance pay is one of the biggest public policy issues in education.
"I believe that the data shows a high level of fiscal responsibility and a stewardship of public tax dollars. We have tried to provide salaries that are high enough to recruit and retain an excellent faculty and staff," wrote Terrill, who is presumably the administrator listed at $115,360 a year. "Pine Lake is a model for openness and transparency," he added, citing the school's compliance with the state's Open Meetings Law.
Baker Mitchell, a Wilmington charter school operator who serves on the N.C. Charter School Advisory Board, has been blogging against disclosure since I raised the issue in March.
This week he suggested that test scores should provide what taxpayers need to know about their investment in charter schools.