charter

Local News
4:01 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

One Rejected Charter Applicant Granted Second Chance

One group whose application to open a charter school in Eastern North Carolina was initially rejected will get a second shot. The state’s charter school advisory council decided Ignite Innovation should advance to the interview round with its proposal for a school in Pitt County in eastern North Carolina.  The group was the only one of 29 previously rejected applicants that the advisory council agreed to give a second chance.   The state board of education last month told the council they needed to give groups a chance to clarify their applications.

Local News
11:59 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Rejected Charter Applicants Get Second Shot

The charter advisory board will now review letters from rejected charters for 2015-2016 to see if they can move to the interview round.
Credit Lisa Miller / WFAE

About 40 groups that had their applications for charter schools rejected may get another chance to make their case to education officials. The North Carolina Board of Education decided this week to allow them another shot at an interview


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Local News
10:01 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Charter School To Close; CMS Hustles To Accomodate Students

StudentFirst charter school will close next week. CMS will have to accommodate close to 260 of their students without reimbursement.
Credit Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

StudentFirst charter school in West Charlotte is closing its doors next week due to financial problems. That means CMS will have to find room for most of their 260 students to finish out the year and the school district won’t get reimbursed for that expense.

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Local News
4:45 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

NC Court Of Appeals Rules Online Charter's Application Doesn't Stand

The North Carolina Court of Appeals says a group wanting to open an online charter school in the state will have to apply again.  The group backed by the for-profit virtual charter operator K12 argued the state should have allowed it to open last year. 

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Local News
4:20 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

170 Groups Want To Open NC Charter Schools In 2015

North Carolina has received notices from 170 groups that want to open charter schools in 2015.  Forty-three of those schools are planned for Mecklenburg and 18 more for neighboring counties.  Two years ago, the state lifted its cap on charter schools.  This year 156 groups said they planned to apply, but only 70 ended up submitting applications and ultimately just 26 were approved.

Local News
4:10 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

NC School Board Extends Master's Pay Cut-Off; Approves New Charters

Credit Lisa Miller

Teachers in North Carolina now have until May to complete their master’s and still receive a 10 percent pay increase.  State lawmakers eliminated that automatic salary bump starting next school year.  The state board of education Thursday extended the cutoff date from April to May, so that teachers can use the spring semester to complete their degrees. 

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Local News
9:26 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Charter School Bill Passes Senate Committee

A bill that creates a new board to oversee charter schools is moving forward.  The Senate Education Committee approved it Wednesday.    

Senator Jerry Tillman of Randolph County wants to create a new board specifically to monitor charter schools and vet applications for new ones. 

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Local News
9:54 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Bill Would Change Oversight And Application Process Of Charter Schools

North Carolina has 107 charter schools and dozens more are looking to open in the next couple of years.  State lawmakers today are considering a bill that would change the application process and oversight of these schools.     


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Local News
11:14 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Critic Of Charter Schools Speaks At UNCC

Diane Ravitch

A prominent critic of charter schools, standardized testing, and private influence on education spoke at UNC Charlotte Wednesday evening. UNCC paid Diane Ravitch $20,000 to appear at the campus’ McKnight Auditorium in front of about 100 teachers, students, and community activists.


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Education
8:12 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Jump In Applications To Open Charter Schools Presents Challenges

The number of applications to open charter schools has jumped significantly since the charter school cap was lifted in 2011.  There used to be a couple dozen applications per year.  This year 156 groups plan to apply and that means a whole lot of work for the people who review them. 

Joel Medley is in charge of the office that oversees all of the state’s charter schools.  This year, he expected to hear from a lot of groups wanting to open schools, but not quite this many. 

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