by Barry Smith
Good news came from Gov. Pat McCrory’s office on Monday when he struck a blow for open government. He asked the General Assembly not to pass a bill that would exempt the names of charter school employees from public records, and threatened to veto such a bill if it reached his desk:
“We need transparency of salary information for all public schools – both traditional and charter schools. I will veto any attempt to hide the names of charter school employees from the public record and I encourage the General Assembly to pass the legislation without this provision.”
The closed government amendment was tacked onto a charter school bill in the House. Fortunately, the Senate didn’t rubber stamp the change. Maybe it will be take out in a conference committee, and McCrory won’t have to use his veto stamp.