Wake County Schools

Wake school leaders want to create charter schools

Posted February 23, 2015

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— Wake County school leaders, during a committee meeting Monday evening, said they want the ability to create charter schools so to have additional flexibility in how students are taught.

Charter schools are public schools that receive state funding, but are independently operated and exempt from many of the rules governing traditional public schools, including the ability to create their own curriculums.

North Carolina has nearly 150 charter schools, including about 20 in Wake County; 15 are slated to open across the state this year.

Wake leaders want to see legislation allowing them to create such schools, along with a measure allowing schools to have greater calendar flexibility. An example would be allowing a school to conduct exams before Christmas break. 

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  • Roy Hinkley Feb 24, 2015
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    It shouldn't be surprising. Charter schools operate under a different set of rules. Why let private and non-profit charter schools poach your best kids? Instead, create your own charter schools and keep the kids and money in your district.

  • Bob Smith Feb 24, 2015
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    This does not make sense. Public schools want to create charter schools? I guess the old saying is true - if you cannot beat them, join them. Something is wrong with the system when public schools want to create charter schools - something is wrong...