- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - State education officials will ensure administrator salaries at North Carolina charter schools run by private management companies are disclosed, Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday after signing a bill. He’s now taken care of nearly all the measures left on his desk by the legislature.

The charter school bill McCrory signed Wednesday makes clear the schools must disclose teacher and employee salaries, just like traditional public schools. But critics of the bill were worried it wouldn’t apply to administrators hired by for-profit companies that manage charter schools, thus receiving taxpayer dollars.

McCrory said he’s told the State Board of Education to make sure “contracts with private entities also provide transparency on salaries and other personnel information.” The move, he said, is “consistent with the State Board of Education’s authority to oversee the successful operations of public charter schools.”

McCrory had threatened to veto an earlier version of the bill that had shielded the names of charter schools from being publicly disclosed alongside their pay.

The governor has signed 16 of the 17 bills left behind by General Assembly members last week before they went home for a while. He has yet to act on one measure, a 50-plus page collection of technical corrections and other tweaks to state law. The governor has until Aug. 12 to sign that bill, veto it or let it become law without his signature.

McCrory signed the $21.1 billion budget adjustment bill in an Executive Mansion ceremony.

The governor’s office said that on Wednesday he signed into law bills that:

- require moped owners to register their scooters with the state.

- help companies fight false claims of patent infringement in court.

- streamlines and expands the use of the state’s business courts.

- lay out when complaints and other records related to allegations of environmental violations by farming operations are confidential and when they become public.

- change the selection criteria a governor uses when picking the adjutant general of the North Carolina National Guard.


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