Last week the State Board of Education adopted rules (See: article) to significantly tighten charter school accountability provisions. The new rules will force charters to close if they fail to meet progress goals or if 60 percent or more of school’s students fail to score at or above grade level on state tests. The tighter rules continue the education establishment’s assault on charter schools. Is anyone surprised to learn that the typical public school in North Carolina is subject to more lenient performance standards and that failing public schools are not forced to close but rather amass an army of resources and staff to help improve performance? North Carolina charter schools: our separate and unequal public schools.