Charter school appeals committee formed

khui@newsobserver.comApril 9, 2013 

— More than two dozen rejected charter-school applicants will be able to appeal to a newly formed group to try to open for the 2014-15 school year.

The Public Charter School Advisory Council voted Tuesday to form an appeals subcommittee after complaints concerning 27 of 69 applicants being rejected last month by the state Office of Charter Schools. Several applicants argued they were rejected for immaterial reasons and not based on the potential educational quality of the schools.

The council added additional requirements in anticipation of a major increase of applicants now that there’s no longer a cap on the number of charter schools. The groups were rejected after their applications were deemed incomplete for reasons such as missing signatures, not having organizational charts and school calendars, and showing a budget deficit.

“We made some significant changes to the process,” said John Betterton, the council chairman. “I think we beefed it up. But sometimes in doing that, there are bugs.”

The subcommittee will help determine which of the applicants who file appeals should be forwarded to the full council for consideration. Three new schools in Wake County and two in Durham County are among the ones that were rejected.

The council makes recommendations to the State Board of Education on which new charter schools should open. A charter school is a publicly funded operation with more flexibility in its operations than traditional public schools have.

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