This is the first in a two-part series that takes a closer look at the charter school movement
Big changes are underway for charter schools in North Carolina. Last year state lawmakers lifted the 100 school cap. And now 25 groups are scrambling to open charters in time for next school year. Seven are in the Charlotte area. That same law made it easier to close a charter school by requiring they meet certain academic standards. The state closed one charter this summer and more could close next year.