charter schools

Local News
10:41 am
Thu January 29, 2015

State Audit Shows 'Questionable Payments' Part Of Kinston Charter's Failure

Credit Flickr/Seth Sawyers / http://www.flickr.com/photos/sidewalk_flying/4267034867/sizes/l/

The abrupt closing of three charter schools in Charlotte over the past year has made a lot of people wonder what went wrong. In 2013, another charter school in eastern North Carolina closed because of financial troubles.  A state auditor’s report released this week provided an answer in that case. The audit finds fiscal mismanagement and questionable payments were part of its demise. 


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Local News
4:10 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Open And Shut; Charter School Closes After 5 Months In Operation

Entrepreneur High School shut its doors after 5 months in operation
Credit Entrepreneur High School's website

Another Charlotte area charter school has abruptly shut down. Entrepreneur High School, which focused on vocational training, closed down Friday after just 5 months in operation. 

The viability of Entrepreneur High was in question even before the first student walked through the door. The school received the lowest possible rating on a ‘ready to open’ report from the North Carolina Office of Charter Schools.   

Still, Entrepreneur was given the green light to open. And now it is closed.

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Charlotte Observer
11:20 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Charlotte Charter Removed Principal Amid Financial Problems

Hans Plotseneder

A Charlotte charter school has removed its founder and principal as the school struggles with low enrollment and significant financial shortfalls.

The board at Entrepreneur High School removed Hans Plotseneder as the school’s leader on Christmas Eve, according to documents from the state Department of Public Instruction.

Entrepreneur High opened in August and has been on probation with the state charter school office since September.

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Sunday Headlines
9:54 am
Sun December 28, 2014

3 more area charters seek approval

More charter schools are in the planning stages in North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer reports the state received 11 more applications for charters next year, including three in the Charlotte area.   The expected growth comes as the latest crop of new schools falls short of enrollment projections. The newspaper reports that two Charlotte area charters have closed over the past two years in their first years,  because of low enrollment and other troubles.

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Local News
3:24 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

New Charlotte Area Charter Schools Have Fewer Students Than Expected

Concrete Roses STEM Academy closed one month after the start of the school year.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

New charter schools in the Charlotte area only received two-thirds of the students they expected this year. 

Nine charter schools opened this year in the Charlotte area.  Concrete Roses STEM Academy closed after the first month.  The remaining schools expected to receive about 2,400 students, but according to the state department of public instruction only 1,643 enrolled. 

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NC News
9:56 am
Mon October 20, 2014

NC Businessman Turns Profit From Public Education Dollars

There’s a profit to be made off charter schools: charter school boards can hire for-profit companies to manage schools. Many charters in North Carolina are run this way. But should the owner of a for-profit company also have a seat on the charter school board that selects the company? That was long the case with Baker Mitchell. He owns a management company that runs four charter schools in the eastern part of the state. ProPublica’s Marian Wang took a look at Mitchell and his company Roger Bacon Academy. She joins Morning Edition host Marshall Terry to discuss.


Local News
9:52 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Charter School Closing Highlights Rapid Growth Of NC Charters

A brand new charter school that opened in Charlotte on August 25 is shutting down. State officials sent Concrete Roses STEM Academy a letter this week placing the school on what the state calls Financial Disciplinary Status. The school's board voted Wednesday night to close the charter program as of Friday. This fall's enrollment of 126 students at Concrete Roses, located off Monroe Road, was far below the 300 students organizers had projected. WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Helen Nance, who chairs North Carolina's Charter School Advisory Board, about the closure of Concrete Roses and the oversight of the state's charter schools.


Local News
8:42 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Parents Say Charter School Closing Was Short Notice

Nine-year-old Kenyatta Booker and his mother Brandy Mmnabar. Mmnabar says she was very angry when she found out that the school would be closing down the next day when she went to pick up her son.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Friday was the last day of school for about 120 students at a charter school in east Charlotte. It's closing its doors less than three weeks after opening because of financial troubles. Parents will now have to figure out where to send their children next week.


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Local News
3:23 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Charter School Closing After 20 Days. Cost To State: $285,170

Concrete Roses STEM Academy in East Charlotte will have its last school day on Friday, September 19.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

A Charlotte charter school is closing its doors less than three weeks after opening, leaving 126 students to find a new school.

Parents of students at Concrete Roses STEM Academy got their first hint of trouble earlier this week.

"Everybody got the same call or e-mail that there was an emergency board meeting," says Shirley Brooks.

Her granddaughter, Taylor, is a fourth-grader at the K-12 school, which closes Friday.

"I had no idea that this could happen on a new school like this. I had no idea," Brooks says.

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Local News
11:20 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Headline Roundup: Charter School Salaries, Immigration, Insurance Fraud And More

Update 1:10 PM

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says insurance fraud complaints in the state have reached a historic high, with more than 1,200 last year. Wilson’s office last year prosecuted cases that resulted in 37 convictions and resulted in more than $700,000 being returned to the victims of insurance fraud. The report notes that in one Darlington County case, three defendants sought payment from a health insurance company claiming they each had all four limbs amputated. None of the defendants had lost their limbs and one was convicted and sent to prison for 18 months. The report notes that since 1995, almost 14,000 insurance fraud complaints have been received by the state Attorney General's office.

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