This is the second in a two-part series that takes a closer look at the charter school movement.
North Carolina will soon see a rush of charter schools opening. Last year, state lawmakers lifted the cap that only allowed 100 schools. Twenty-five more charter schools are scheduled to open next year. But this year, for the first time, the state closed a charter school for academic reasons.
That school was Highland Charter, an elementary school in Gastonia. Kids there failed to make the grade on end-of-year tests two years in a row.