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Helms School of Government


Government: Politics and Policy


common core, charter school, economic, education, North Carolina


Constitutional Law | Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Methods | Education Law | Legal Writing and Research | State and Local Government Law


Although numerous factors contribute to the decline of North Carolina’s economic prosperity, one of the most prevalent is the waste that occurs through the ineffective funding of education. In the last century, this system has become progressively centralized and bureaucratized which restricts the presence of diversity and hinders economic choice. The purest evidence of this movement is demonstrated through the state’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), an initiative designed to serve as a basis for federal entanglement in education. Proponents of CCSS claimed that the system would accomplish a variety of rigorous educational goals; however, none of these goals have been successfully attained. These failed initiatives waste tax dollars and subsequently hinder economic prosperity. Remedying this issue necessitates replacing CCSS with a charter school system. These schools of choice have largely proven to accomplish the very goals promised by the creators of CCSS at only a fraction of the cost. Pursuing a cost-effective charter school system in North Carolina will lead to a more effective educational system and a more prosperous economy.


This thesis serves the purpose of stressing the detriment of CCSS in North Carolina in order to recommend the more effective system of charter schooling. The ultimate goal is for NC lawmakers to consider increasing the amount of charter schools and set the stage for other states to follow suit.