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Setting record straight on virtual charters

I apparently typed a little too soon Tuesday when writing about K12, Inc., a for-profit company that runs virtual charter school and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

I wrote in this post earlier in the week that the company hadn’t announced any plans to open up shop in North Carolina.

Well, it looks like they do want a slice of North Carolina’s education funding.

The company is trying to court school officials in the Western North Carolina county of Cabarrus County to partner with them.

Read my bigger piece here, and feel free to leave comments and reactions on this post.

In some tangentially-related news, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction narrowed down its list of charter schools being considered for “fast-track” approval, which would let new charters open their doors to students this coming school year.

The N.C. State Board of Education is expected to make final decisions in February.

The short list now includes:

  1. High Point College Preparatory in Guilford County
  2. Water’s Edge Village School in Corolla (Currituck County)
  3. Cornerstone Charter Academy in Guilford County
  4. Corvian Community School in Mecklenburg County
  5. Howard and Lillian Lee School in Chapel Hill (Orange County)
  6. Mendenhall Country Day School in Jamestown (Guilford County)
  7. Research Triangle High School in Durham
  8. Bear Grass Charter in Martin County
  9. North East Carolina Preparatory School in Edgecombe County
  10. Pinnacle Classical County in Cleveland County
  11. Triangle Math and Science Academy in Wake County.

All the applications for the proposed charter schools are up on DPI’s website.

 

One Comment

  1. Frances Jenkins

    December 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    We need improvement in the school systems in NC. Do not block it. Poor children need a better choice. The poor are made poorer by the current program.