New batch of charter schools get interviews this week

Thirty groups hoping to open charter schools in the state will be going before the Charter School Advisory Council this week in the interview round of the approval process.

More than 60 schools put applications in to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, with 30 flagged to go onto the interview round of review.

The schools are applying to open in the 2013-14 school year, with a year of training for school years built into the application process.

Committee interviews over the next three days are open to the public and being held at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction building, 301 N. Wilmington Street in Raleigh.

The advisory committee will pass on their recommendations to the N.C. Board of Education, the state board with the power to grant the school’s a charter and send taxpayer dollars to the privately-managed schools.

DPI staff hoped to have a live audio stream (available here) of the meeting available over the Internet, but was not expected to work for the Monday afternoon interviews because of technical issues. (We’ll update the post when it’s up and running).

Charter schools are public schools that students attend tuition-free, but are run outside of the purview of traditional school districts and governed by a non-profit board of directors. The state lifted a 100-school cap on charter schools in 2011, opening up the state for a rapid expansion of the schools.

The schools are a key component of the school choice movement, and allow families to choose whatever education option works best for their families.  But critics have raised concerns that the schools aren’t held to the same standards of traditional public schools and have more racial and socio-economic segregation than the state’s 115 public education districts.

DPI has put up each school’s application on its website, available here.

From DPI, the interview schedule for this week:

Monday, July 16

1 – 1:15 p.m.          Welcome, Overview of the Day, Approval of Minutes                                                          1:15 p.m.                Applicant Interviews

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.     Addie C. Morris Children’s School

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.     Aristotle Preparatory Academy

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.     Cameron Creek Charter

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.     Break

2:50 – 3:20 p.m.     Cabarrus Charter School

3:20 – 3:50 p.m.     Charlotte Choice Charter

3:50 – 4:20 p.m.     Douglass Academy

4:20 p.m.                  Adjourn


Tuesday, July 17

8:30 – 9 a.m.          Eliada Academy

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.     Falls Lake Academy

9:30 – 10 a.m.        Flemington Academy

10 – 10:05 a.m.      Break

10:05 – 10:35 a.m.     Howard & Lillian Lee Scholars

10:35 – 11:05 a.m.     Invest Collegiate

11:05 – 11:35 a.m.     Island Montessori Charter

11:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.  Jefferson Preparatory Academy

12:05 – 12:45 p.m.     Lunch

12:45 – 1:15 p.m.   Langtree Charter Academy

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.     Longleaf School of the Arts

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.     Oxford Preparatory High School

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.     Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy

2:45 – 2:50 p.m.     Break

2:50 – 3:20 p.m.     Pinnacle Classical Academy

3:20 – 3:50 p.m.     Southeastern Academy

3:50 – 4:20 p.m.     STEM Education for a Global Society Academy (SEGS)

4:20 p.m.                Adjourn


Wednesday, July 18

8:30 – 9 a.m.           Student First Academy

9 – 9:30 a.m.           Summerfield Charter Academy

9:30 – 10 a.m.        The Achievement School

10 – 10:05 a.m.      Break

10:05 – 10:35 a.m.     The Expedition School

10:35 – 11:05 a.m.     The Institute for the Development of Young Leaders

11:05 – 11:35 a.m.     The North Carolina Leadership Academy

11:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.  Thunderbird Preparatory Academy

12:05 – 12:45 p.m.            Lunch

12:45 – 1:15 p.m.       Uwharrie Charter Academy

1:15 – 1:45 p.m.         Willow Oak Montessori

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.         Z.E.C.A School of Arts and Technology

2:15 p.m.                    Adjourn




  1. Frank Burns

    July 16, 2012 at 11:17 am

    The public will be pleased. The demand for charter schools is growing.

  2. david esmay

    July 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Wrong. And wrong.

  3. George Browder

    July 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Hasn’t worked very well anywhere else, so why is it supposed to work in NC? Show me some REAL facts. All these do is take from the system, provide a proven poorer education, and make private educational companies rich. Nothing good about them.

  4. Jason Claudfelter

    July 16, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I for one am glad that we are expanding charter schools. Parents need choice. Its not up to the liberal elite to decide what’s best for parents and students. Democrats have always been the party that folks go to for education decisions. We are in jeapordy of that as long as the liberal elite and the teachers union keep holding the party hostage to keep the status quo. Poll after poll after poll finds most people with African Americans being the highest want choice. Get out of the way liberal elite and let Democrats like President Obama, Corey Booker, Marcus Brandon and others lead this fight.

  5. david esmay

    July 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Liberal elite, are you kidding, Fox much? Charter school supporters are nothing more than teacher bashing agenda driven corporate saboteurs of public education. Charter schools don’t often attract the best teachers because they pay less and have less job security, they don’t have districts, and many are disorganized and dysfunctional. We would be much better served, and teachers would too, if we just adequately funded public education and paid teachers a decent salary.

  6. Frank Burns

    July 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    You have just changed your outlook from progressive to regressive. You are not dealing with reality. Choice for parents is where we are heading and rightly so as that is what parents like Jason are demanding. The status quo is not acceptable.

  7. david esmay

    July 17, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Improving and supporting public schools is regressive? Really Frank? You don’t live in a reality outside of Fox news, Heritage, Heartland, or any other corporate shill site. The vast, and I mean vast, over 85% of the people support our public school system. You have no idea what you’re talking about. You spend your time gathering talking points from places like Civitas,Americans for Polarity, or the Heritage Foundation and then share their absurd pronouncements with us on Policy Watch.

  8. Frank Burns

    July 17, 2012 at 10:51 am

    No David, I make my own conclusions, unlike yourself. Of course everybody supports public schools just like they support Mom, and Apple pie. Parents usually don’t mind public schools through elementary school but want options for their children in Jr High and High School. They want their children in a learning environment where the teachers are respected and the students behave. So like it or not, that is reality.

  9. George Browder

    July 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Respect for teachers and students that behave are things for which parents are responsible, not the educational system. That is reality.

  10. Frank Burns

    July 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Agreed. But it’s not happening. That is reality. The NC parents therefore are demanding choices away from public schools.

  11. Mike

    July 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Kudos to Sarah for exposing Stephen LaRoque!

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