Opening the floodgates of taxpayer dollars:
(H) Transportation Funding
391 (1) The state department of education shall disburse state transportation funding to an
392 authorizer for each of its public charter school students on the same basis and in the same
393 manner as it is paid to school districts. An authorizer shall disburse state transportation
394 funding to a public charter school in proportion to the amount generated by the school’s
396 (2) A public charter school may enter into a contract with a school district or private provider
397 to provide transportation to the school’s students.
Bolding mine. There's nothing in the language of this (or any other)
cookie cutter model legislation requiring charters to actually provide transportation in lieu of said transportation funding, and North Carolina currently doesn't require charters to provide transportation for students:
Heath E. Morrison, the superintendent of the 142,000-student Charlotte-Mecklenburg district, is among those who are wary about the sudden influx of charters in North Carolina. He said he supported lifting the 100-school cap, but does not support other changes to the charter school laws, such as only requiring half of the teaching staff to be certified and freeing charter schools from providing transportation or meal services.
Bill Anderson, the executive director for MeckEd, a nonprofit nonpartisan education advocacy group in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg district, said the changes in the charter school laws are especially detrimental for disadvantaged students.
"Poor kids, kids who need transportation or food services, they're not going to be enrolling in these lotteries," he said. "It's become a racial and economic divide."
Eddie Goodall, the executive director of the North Carolina Public Charter Schools Association, said that not providing transportation to charter schools isn't an attempt to shut out low-income students, but rather reflects the financial limitations of charter schools.