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Chapel Hill charter school not opening in fall

The Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars Academy won’t be ready to open this fall, and hopes to defer its opening to the 2013-14 school year.

(This is an update to a May 21st post that the school was debating not opening  — it’s now definite that it won’t.).

The proposed school, which will be run by for-profit charter operator National Heritage Academies, encountered some issue finding property in the Chapel Hill area for the school, said Joe DeBenetteo, a Michigan-based spokesman for the charter school company.

The school notified the N.C. Department of Public Instruction recently about its decision not to open, and has applied for chance to open the following year.

The Lee school had been one of the nine charter schools approved as part of a “fast-track” process the N.C. State Board of Education adopted after the N.C. General Assembly did away with a 100-schoool cap on charter schools in the state.

In its application to the state, the Lee school said it wanted to target the achievement gap for minority students in the Chapel Hill school district, but drew opposition from Chapel Hill-Carrboro school district leaders, as well as local chapters of the NAACP.

 

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