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.