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State Board set to decide on fast-track charters (video)

When the State Board of Education meets next Wednesday and Thursday, it’s expected they’ll decide which charter schools should be granted “fast-track” status.

Since December, the NC Public Charter School Advisory Council has reviewed more than two dozen applications, whittling down the list to just nine charters that could open as early as August.

N.C. Policy Watch reporter Sarah Ovaska joins us on News & Views this weekend to discuss the growth of charter schools since the General Assembly lifted the cap last year, which limited our state to 100 such schools.

Ovaska also talks about the push by the nation’s largest for-profit virtual education company to open an online charter school in North Carolina. (While K12, Inc. is not under consideration for fast-track status, she notes the model should raise some concerns among taxpayers.)

Click below for a preview of Ovaska’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon. For the list of the charter schools that could get the green light to open this fall, click here.

4 Comments


  1. Frank Burns

    February 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    You have to ask yourself why is there such a big demand for Charter Schools? Apparantly many NC parents are not satisfied with the public schools.

  2. Ricky Leung

    February 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Or… It could be marketing…. For profit companies are especially good at marketing and selling you things that you don’t necessarily need.

  3. Alex

    February 24, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Obama’s buddy, Rahm Emmanuel, is promoting charter schools, firing bad teachers, closing non-performing schools, and just plain beating up on the teacher unions in Chicago. I just love it !

  4. Disinterested observer

    February 25, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Question for the NC Policy Watch crew: Should parents ever be able to choose options other than traditional public schools for their children? If they can pay for it, should they be able to homeschool or send their kids to private school?

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