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Education
9:23 am
Fri June 5, 2015

NC Charter Chief Becomes Head Of Online Charter School

Joel Medley meets with charter advisory board in his previous job as Director of the Office of Charter Schools.
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The Director of North Carolina’s Office of Charter Schools took a new job this week. He is now the head of an online charter school that won approval from the state board of education this year. 

It made us wonder what policies the state has to ensure public employees aren’t applying for jobs with the same groups they may be vetting or negotiating contracts with. There aren’t many. 

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Local News
8:22 am
Fri January 9, 2015

NC School Board Questions Online Charter Applicants

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Two online charter schools could serve up to 3,000 students in North Carolina next year.  They would be the first schools of their kind in the state. The state school board asked those groups some tough questions this week. 


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Local News
8:44 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Getting Closer To Rules For Online Charters

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Two virtual charter schools run by for-profit companies are trying to open schools in North Carolina. These would be the first online charters in the state.  A group appointed by the state board of education to help recommend rules for these types of schools is wrapping its work up. They completed their discussions this week.


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Local News
10:10 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Tough Questions Need Answers Before NC Gives OK To Online Charter Schools

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Two virtual charter schools run by for-profit companies are trying to open schools in North Carolina. In the past, the state board of education has refused to consider these schools. But this year the board appointed a group to figure out how to evaluate virtual charters. The group heard from those two companies this week. They say it’s not fair to compare them to brick-and-mortar schools. 


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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
8:13 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Three Groups Want To Open Online Charters In 2015

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Dozens of new charter schools have opened in North Carolina since the cap on them was lifted a couple years ago.  But the state still does not have an online charter.  This year three groups hope to get approval to open virtual charters. 


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Education
9:19 am
Thu December 6, 2012

NC Board Of Education Consider Policies For Online Charters

North Carolina has no online charter schools, but the state is getting ready for them.  The state board of education is considering a list of policies to guide these schools.  It includes paying them less per student than a regular charter and capping the student to teacher ratio.

Online charters are not your typical schools.  For one, there’s often no schoolhouse.  You can do all your learning from a screen at home.  Science, Math, English classes are all online. There are teachers, but usually class sizes are much larger than at a regular brick-and-mortar school. 

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