Number of charter schools hoping to open in 2015 narrows

Posted December 11, 2013
Updated December 12, 2013

An art class at Southern Wake Academy.

— Of the 176 groups that submitted letters of intent to open new charter schools in 2015, only 71 have followed up with formal applications.

Charter schools are public schools funded with tax dollars but run by nonprofit boards. There are currently 126 charter schools operating in North Carolina, with 26 more slated to open in the fall of 2014. 

More than half of the schools to file formal applications for 2015 are in the state's four largest counties, with 19 applications coming from Mecklenburg County, eight each from Durham and Wake counties and five from Guilford County.


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  • tracmister Dec 13, 2013

    My information comes from the latest NCGOP general assembly session that reduce the number of certified teachers needed at a charter from 75% to 50%. Charter schools may have academic guidelines, although not all of them do that. For example, Kipp has a requirement that parents must attend quarterly sessions and NCSSM you have to qualify to get in. Remember that charter schools do no have to maintain the same guidelines. If you want to see there success or there lack of simply look at there test scores. Many of them aren't that good.

  • Mustange Dec 13, 2013

    they will pick the cream of the crop and the rest will stay in public schools look for test scores to really fall

  • Southern Girl Dec 13, 2013

    Tracmister, where did you get your information that teachers can teach without a license at charter schools? I believe you better check your information. Parents MUST be involved a certain amount of time, and this is one reason charter schools work. Select students by guidelines that they except? What do you mean by that statement. Sounds like a huge case of sour grapes to me, with no substance to what you are saying.

  • tracmister Dec 11, 2013

    Charter Schools are allowed to have teachers with no licenses, select the students by guidelines that they except, provide no busing, require parents to attend meetings, and have smaller class sizes. So if this system is so great, why don't the Republicans make it a fair fight and allow public schools to do the same thing?

  • Krimson Dec 11, 2013

    Have we figured out where the money that Kinston Charter received went???