NC looks to change charter school application

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The state is planning to reduce the amount of information proposed charter schools must provide in their application to the state.

The Charter Schools Advisory Board discussed Monday cutting items on the application that board members said they do not really need in determining whether to approve a school.

The chairman said they evaluate and adjust the process each year.

During Monday’s discussion, the board heard an update on trends in our state. Sixty-four new charter schools have been approved since 2001, the same year the cap on the number of schools allowed was lifted.

Seven schools have delayed opening since 2014 and 13 schools have closed since 2011, seven of them since August 2014. Of those, two relinquished their charter. Five of them had significant concerns expressed by reviewers.

Board members said Monday that it’s not always a bad thing when a charter school closes.

“If schools cannot meet the expectations that are outlined in their charter, if they’re not sound academically from a governance perspective, and especially from a financial perspective, they shouldn’t continue and they can’t. We can’t send state tax dollars to charter schools that aren’t equipped to meet their mission,” said Alex Quigley, chairman, Charter Schools Advisory Board.

The advisory board planned to hear from proposed schools Monday, including Rolesville Charter Academy.

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