Published Online: June 26, 2014

NC House OKs charter school discrimination ban

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bill banning charter schools from discriminating against students based on their sexual orientation has been approved by the North Carolina House.

The bill, which now heads to the Senate, was passed Thursday after controversy arose earlier in the week when one lawmaker questioned an amendment that would have prohibited schools from turning away applicants specifically because of their sexual orientation.

That amendment included in the bill did not specifically list sexual orientation, but prohibits schools from discriminating against applicants under any category that's already protected by federal law or the U.S. Constitution. That includes sexual orientation.

The bill also subjects schools to public records law, but now shields teachers' names from being publicly disclosed with their pay.

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