The state Board of Education holds its monthly meeting in Greenville Wednesday where members are expected to discuss giving an additional 17 charter schools preliminary approval to open in 2016.
This latest expansion comes on the heels of a new study by scholars at Duke University that finds that the rapid growth of charter schools across North Carolina has led to a growing segregation by race.
Dr. Helen Ladd, one of the co-authors of the study, discussed the findings and implications last weekend in a radio interview with NC Policy Watch’s Chris Fitzsimon. Click below to hear the full segment:
Schools recommended by the NC Charter Schools Advisory Board (CSAB) to receive their preliminary charter include:
1. Cape Fear Preparatory Academy — New Hanover County
2. Cardinal Charter Academy at Knightdale — Wake County
3. Central Wake Charter High School — Wake County
4. Charlotte Classical School — Mecklenburg County
5. FernLeaf Community Charter School — Henderson County
6. Gateway Charter Academy — Guilford County
7. Kannapolis Charter Academy — Cabarrus County
8. Leadership Academy for Young Women — New Hanover County
9. Mallard Creek STEM Academy — Mecklenburg County
10. Matthews-Mint Hill Charter Academy — Mecklenburg County
11. Mooresville Charter Academy — Iredell County
12. Peak Charter Academy — Wake County
13. Pine Springs Preparatory Academy — Wake County
14. Town Center Charter High School — Gaston County
15. Union Day School — Union County
16. Union Preparatory Academy at Indian Trail — Union County
17. Unity Classical School — Mecklenburg County
There are currently 146 charter schools operating across North Carolina. The proposed charter schools being recommended by the CSAB are slated to open in the 2016-17 scholastic year.