Forty new charter schools could open in N.C. in 2016 | News
News
INDY Week's news blog

Archives | RSS

Monday, September 29, 2014

Forty new charter schools could open in N.C. in 2016

Posted by on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 2:56 PM

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction announced Monday that it has received application filings from 40 non-profits across the state to open public charter schools in August of 2016. Seven of the proposed charters would be located in Wake County; one would be located in Durham. 

An additional 14 charter schools are on track to open in August of 2015, which will bring the total number of charters in the state up to 162 by the end of next year.

“These new applications represent an opportunity to expand on the choices available to North Carolina students and parents,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson. “The Department of Public Institution and the State Board of Education will continue to partner with charter schools and traditional schools to prepare all students for post-secondary education, careers and citizenship.”

While charter schools enjoy support among “school choice” advocates and Republican lawmakers, critics say they don’t provide students with a better education than traditional public schools. Democrats worry charter schools encourage racial and economic segregation, and say charters could discriminate against gay and transgender students, though they are not supposed to. 

It's easy to apply to open a public charter school. 

Applicants pay a $1000 application fee and perform criminal background checks on their proposed board members. They submit applications online through the DPI's website. The Office of Charter Schools then reviews these applications before forwarding them to the state's Charter School Advisory Board. The Board evaluates the applications in committees and with the aid of external evaluators.

“After deliberation, including interviews, the CSAB will recommend the highest quality applicants to the state Board of Education for approval,” a DPI press release states. “DPI will provide training for these applicant groups over the next year as they complete the Ready to Open process.”

You can see the full list of charter applicants at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/charterschools/.
Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in News



Twitter Activity

Comments

I am glad to hear this news. it is good to have debates.
I am a fan of both …

by 2Lionsrock on Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday (News)

Most Recent Comments

I am glad to hear this news. it is good to have debates.
I am a fan of both …

by 2Lionsrock on Raleigh Mayoral Rivals Nancy McFarlane, Charles Francis to Tape Debate That Will Air Friday and Sunday (News)

Where has Francis been the last 20 years in Raleigh politics? He shows up now and has all the answers? …

by GET REAL on McFarlane Bashes Francis for Speaking to Wake GOP Meeting, Links Him With Trump (News)

She's never been here before. She's been reelected over and over apparently. Taking cheap shots will not work. She needs …

by that1chick on McFarlane Bashes Francis for Speaking to Wake GOP Meeting, Links Him With Trump (News)

@snake00 - You forgot to point out how much money Francis received from large Republican donors. What has that political …

by JerrryG on Runoff for Raleigh Mayor's Post May Be Ahead as Francis Denies McFarlane a Majority of Votes (News)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation