Charter School Advisory Council Recommends 25 Charter Applications for State Board’s Consideration

The North Carolina Public Schools Charter Advisory Council has recommended 25 charter schools to the State Board of Education for consideration at its August meeting.  The Charter Advisory Council received 63 applications to open charter schools and then selected 30 applicants from that pool for interviews last week.  The Charter Advisory Council then recommended 25 of these 30 interviewees to the State Board of Education for approval.

Many of the recommended applicants will face questions on review before the State Board that were not resolved before the Charter Advisory Council, particularly around the procurement of facilities, transportation plans, and more specifics about instruction.  The State Board must consider the impact on local districts of a rapid expansion in the number of charter schools:  If all 25 recommendations are accepted, that number could increase by more than 33% within the next year when coupled with the 9 fast-track charter applications that the State Board recently approved.

This expansion could also cause a significant strain on already limited charter school oversight and accountability in the absence of additional staffing, as there are currently only 6 staff members overseeing all of the charter schools in the state (4 of whom are consultants).

7 Comments

  1. Frances Jenkins

    July 23, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Does this mean the dropout rate will be improved as well as science and math scores?

  2. Frank Burns

    July 24, 2012 at 6:14 am

    It means NC parents are getting what they want, choices.

  3. david esmay

    July 24, 2012 at 9:20 am

    No.

  4. david esmay

    July 24, 2012 at 9:21 am

    And no.

  5. Bill

    July 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    It means we will continue to send public tax money to charter schools without acc ountability and oversight.
    Not against choices, but I want my tax money spent wisely and with oversight.

  6. NoGOPinNC

    July 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    It means our legislature is doing what they do best -representing OUT OF STATE ALEC iniatives….Frank Burns educate me with facts not Popeaganda…..show me ONE independent study showing charters outperforming public schools..

  7. Frank Burns

    July 25, 2012 at 6:37 am

    No,
    Our legislature is doing exactly what the citizenry demands, which is offer school choices for those parents not satisfied with the public schools. What reason is there to deny what the public what it wants?