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NC judge blocks virtual charter school from opening

Posted June 29, 2012

— A North Carolina judge ruled Friday that a for-profit company cannot operate a virtual charter school that offers online-only classes to students as young as kindergarten.

Superior Court Judge Abraham Penn Jones said that the State Board of Education has the sole discretion on approving charter schools in North Carolina and had decided that it wasn't accepting any applications for virtual charter schools for 2012-13.

N.C. Learns was seeking to open the North Carolina Virtual Academy, which had been granted a charter by the Cabarrus County Board of Education but would be open to students across the state. An administrative law judge ruled last month that the school could start enrolling students this fall.

The State Board of Education appealed that ruling, saying it wanted to study virtual schools and develop standards and policies before approving a virtual charter school.


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  • garyinpt Jul 3, 2012

    Here's the deal, the public schools are doing the best they can. They have competent teachers that really do have the best interest of the students in mind. Problem...when you have no means of controlling students' conduct, you loose control(thank you lawmakers). Bring back respect for adults and schools will prosper again. By the way...Respect should be taught at Home.

  • westernwake1 Jun 29, 2012

    So much for improving education in North Carolina and providing families with choices. (sigh)

  • Im new to the area Jun 29, 2012

    just a Bad, Bad, Bad ideal.....

  • braelovescheer Jun 29, 2012

    I thought maybe people should hear from a student. I am a 13 year old student who had signed a letter of interest for this school. My parents have taken me out of school for the upcoming year. I was bullied in school this past year, mentally and physically, the school system did nothing to help. My parents pay their taxes for me to go to public school, why can we not choose where I attend. I have friends who attend online in their state and they are my age yet they are way ahead of me because their curriculum is so much more advanced. To me it is very sad that money is more important than 1. my education and 2. my well being. Please think of others and understand there are more than reasons than meet the eye when people think about doing school like this. The district is losing my 7 thousand, the actual number is 6,7xx, either way because I will be homeschooled from now on.The state of NC should be more concerned with my well being and less about the money. My life is more important.

  • aspenstreet1717 Jun 29, 2012

    The education monopoly wins. Still Johnny can't read.

  • rachel Jun 29, 2012

    the argument of life skills and social skills is old-I homeschooled my kids for several years, then let them go back to high school-their choice-one of the first calls I got from my daughter was to tell me they were under their desks-someone was in the cafeteria threatening to shoot some kids- I told her I could have taught her to duck at home, this wasn't what I sent her to school for.

  • rachel Jun 29, 2012

    and to Bill0-taxpayers are already footing the bill for that big pink elephant, whether they want to or not-virtual charter schools would just give parents choice-money per pupil will still have to be paid to someone and frankly, I would rather my taxes go to the child in a school of choice, rather then to the hostage institutions we have now.

  • adr Jun 29, 2012

    The state does have an online high school . . . The North Carolina Virtual Public School. Check out the site here:

    There is no charge for students who are enrolled in a public school in North Carolina. About 15,000 students from around the state are enrolled each semester.

    The school has standard courses, plus AP, credit recovery, honors, and occupational course of study classes. All classes are taught by certified North Carolina teachers.

  • joejolly30 Jun 29, 2012

    we have raised 2 boys thru the NC public school system and one has graduated from college and the other is on the way to college but we have come to a point that the NC public school system will not be teaching our girls(home schooling will) the public school system has lost all creditbility and morals of which we believe

  • rachel Jun 29, 2012

    wants to study them and develope standards- no they don't-they are just afraid parents whose kids are stuck in the rut at some schools will have the good sense to choose with their feet and leave-and evidently, they think its a big enough percent to impact their budget-shouldn't that tell them something about the dubious product they are offering and forcing everyone to pay for whether they want to or not?- Choice only becomes a foe to Boards of Education when they know they have something to lose. Anyone with a good product has nothing to fear.