Two new charter schools, including one in Wake County, were unanimously recommended Friday by a state advisory panel for approval to open in 2016.
The Charter Schools Advisory Board backed Pine Springs Preparatory Academy in Holly Springs and Cape Fear Preparatory Academy in New Hanover County after both applicants cut ties to a management company which has schools in Florida being investigated for allegations of grade tampering.
The questions surrounding Newpoint Education Partners caused the State Board of Education to refer both applicants for further review in June. Advisory panel members said Friday they’re satisfied that the boards of both academies don’t need a management company.
“We also felt confident that they had the capacity to open the school successfully based on a variety of questions and a review of their application,” said Alex Quigley, chairman of the state advisory board.
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The State Board of Education will discuss both schools in August and could vote at that meeting to give them preliminary approval to open for the 2016-17 school year.
Charter schools receive taxpayer money but are exempt from some regulations that traditional public schools must follow. There were 146 open in North Carolina this past school year, with 14 more slated to open this summer. Another 13 schools are slated to open in 2016.